International AIDS Society

Medical Services, First AID and Harm Reduction Services

First aid and medical services will be available to delegates at the conference from Sunday to Friday (22-27 July) from 8:00 to 23:00. On-site medical and paramedical personnel will be available to respond to medical needs as they arise, including medical emergencies. There will bet two first aid stations operated by the Providence Hospital Wellness Institute located at the entrance to the Exhibition in Hall D and in front of the Media Centre in Hall A. A medical help desk with first responder will also be at the entrance to Global Village (next to the main Global Village Information Desk).

Harm Reduction Services

At the recommendation of the 2008 Conference Coordinating Committee, the International AIDS Society Governing Council inserted into the International AIDS Conference (IAC) Charter the following section:

“Support for harm reduction services during IACs and advocating country support for advancing harm reduction policies

The International AIDS Society views drug use as a social phenomenon with medical implications that require supportive responses carried out in a human rights and public health frame work. The CCC will ensure there are comprehensive harm reduction/health services available to conference delegates in order to ensure the participation of drug users in the International AIDS Conference. These services will include:

  • Needle and Syringes programme (NSP)
  • Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST)
  • Outreach and peer education and counseling
  • Safe spaces like drop-in centres
  • Male and female condoms, and lubricants
  • Antiretroviral treatment
  • Overdose prevention"
The overall rule for all conference activities is of course that laws and regulations for the country/city need to be and will be followed. In cases where our ambition as spelled out in the Charter above cannot be handled with existing legislation, even after trying to alter the laws/rules, the IAS is committed to convey its opinion on the issue.

Conference delegates and participants who need access to NST or OST are asked to contact the conference organizers at [email protected] or [email protected] before the conference starts.

During the conference, delegates and participants are asked to contact the Harm Reduction Coordinator in the Networking Zone in the Global Village.

Links from Washington DC Department of Health: