The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward. 


The AIDS 2012 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.

Sessions of interest

The Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Roadmaps below provide information about sessions of interest. We would particularly like to bring your attention to the following events:

The harm reduction and drug policy networking zone

The Harm Reduction & Drug Policy Networking Zone: Taking Drug Users Seriously is rooted in the belief that the participation of those who use drugs is integral to ending HIV. All activities in the zone are free and open to the public! The zone is located in Hall B, Space 803 of the Global Village. The programme of the zone is available here.

Registration and practical information

All registrations for AIDS 2012 must be submitted through the online registration form. Before you can register, you need to create an online conference profile from which you can enter the registration system. If you already have a conference profile from previous IAS or AIDS conferences you can use the same login details. For more information on registration, please click here.

If you wish to access practical information about travelling to Washington and attending the conference, please consult the e-guide to community involvement.

Click here to access the Harm reduction roadmap:

Click here to access the Drug policy roadmap:

Please also read the Delegates guide to harm reduction and drug policy:

Keep up-to-date with drug policy developments by subscribing to the IDPC Monthly Alert.