International AIDS Pre-conference Registration is Open!

Registration for the 21st International AIDS pre-conferences is now open!

This year, the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) is taking a new approach to the traditional pre-conferences, offering a more formal programme to enhance the delegate experience. For the first time, a selected group of independently organized pre-conference meetings will be held within the main conference venue over the weekend of 16 and 17 July, immediately preceding AIDS 2016. We are delighted to announce the official AIDS 2016 pre-conference programme line-up and provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to register.  The pre-conferences are free to everyone registered for the main conference on a first-come, first-served basis so it important to secure your seat before capacity is reached. Additionally, some pre-conference meetings require an application to register and attendance acceptance is at the sole decision of the meeting organizers. MSMGF will also be offering free weekend passes to individuals who are not attending the main conference but are interested in participating in our pre-conference.


Please find the pre-conference programme below. For more information about each meeting, visit the AIDS 2016 pre-conference page here.

Open pre-conference meetings
The open pre-conference meetings are open to conference delegates on a first-come basis.

  • Action + Access: Rights and Demands of Gay and Bisexual Men in the Global HIV Response organized by MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM and HIV)
    Saturday 16 July
  • In Our Voice: Positive Stories! Positive Teens! Positive Lives! organized by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)
    Sunday 17 July
  • The 3rd International HIV/Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection Meeting organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS)
    Sunday 17 July
  • No More Lip Service: Trans Access, Equity and Rights, Now! organized by the International Reference Group on Transgender Women and HIV/AIDS (IRGT)
    Sunday 17 July
  • TB2016 organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS)
    Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 July

Application required pre-conference meetings
The application required meetings indicate that the pre-conference organizers have sole discretion to add you as an attendee following your registration submission.

  • NursingHIV 2016 organized by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA), the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN)
    Saturday 16 July
  • UN 90-90-90 Target Workshop: A Vehicle for Knowledge Translation of Treatment and Prevention organized by the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE)
    Sunday 17 July
  • Towards an HIV Cure Symposium organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS)
    Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 July
  • LIVING 2016: The Positive Leadership Summit organized by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
    Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 July


Registration to attend the pre-conference meetings is done through the AIDS 2016 registration system. Below is a step-by-step guide to register:

  • Step 1: Before you can register, you need to create a conference profile here. If you already have a conference profile from previous International AIDS Society (IAS) or AIDS conferences, you will be able to use the same login credentials here.
  • Step 2: Complete your profile by purchasing a registration pass to attend the full AIDS 2016 conference OR purchase a pre-conference pass to only attend the pre-conferences. (FOR INDIVIDUALS WAITING FOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PLEASE CHECK BACK IN APRIL TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION ONCE FUNDS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED)
  • Step 3: Once your registration status is confirmed (check in the upper right corner on the home page of your profile), you will then be able to make your pre-conference selections.
  • Step 4: At this stage, you are not registered for any pre-conferences. On your profile home page scroll down to the pre-conferences selection tab and click on “read details”.
  • Step 5: Click the link on the right of the pre-conferences selection tab to access the list of pre-conferences. Read the descriptions, check their dates, and select up to a maximum of three pre-conferences.PLEASE NOTE: For “application required” pre-conference meetings, a pop-up will appear that directs you to send an email or complete an application form. Once you complete this, the pre-conference organizer will be in contact with you directly. “Application required” pre-conference meetings will not appear in your profile immediately. The organizer has to review your materials and then approve your registration.
  • Step 6: Once you have selected the pre-conference meetings of your choice, check the box that you agree to the Terms & Conditions and click “submit”. The next page will confirm that you were added to the selected pre-conferences. Proceed back to your profile home page to view your pre-conference selections listed in the pre-conferences tab.

Still have questions? Not to worry, IAS is hosting an AIDS 2016 pre-conference webinar on Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 14:00 CET to provide further details and answer all of your remaining questions. Please join the webinar here.

Be sure to visit over the coming months for additional pre-conference programme and scheduling details. For any questions regarding pre-conference registration please contact IAS at
We look forward to seeing you in Durban!