Human Mobility & HIV: Current Findings and Implications for HIV Prevention and Treatment

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Organizer: National Institutes of Health,
National Institute of Mental Health
​Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Columbia 4
Despite wide-spread efforts to increase HIV testing among at-risk populations, and to disseminate HIV prevention and treatment strategies among key populations, little attention has been focused on human mobility and the challenges it poses to populations at risk or people living with HIV. Human mobility ranges from planned transitions such as household fluidity, seasonal work, and livelihood mobility to transitions during crises such as homelessness, migration, and displacement. Human mobility can disrupt health care, endanger the health of individuals living with illness, and thwart efforts to contain and treat infectious diseases such as HIV. This satellite symposium will include presentations on various mobile populations, determinants of health, and strategies to improve HIV testing, prevention, and care among mobile populations.
Topics may include:
Mobility and geographical dispersal of HIV acquisition
Epidemiologic considerations related to transmission, prevalence, and incidence of HIV in mobile populationsThe impact of mobility on HIV outcomes in women, sexual and gender minorities, sex workers, and other mobile populations
Adherence to HIV treatment and viral suppression during migration
Social and structural determinants of HIV and mental health in mobile populations
Methods of improving HIV care engagement
Presenters will describe patterns of HIV incidence and prevalence, social and structural determinants of HIV and mental health, barriers to engagement in prevention and treatment strategies, and the development of interventions to prevent and treat HIV in mobile populations. The session will end with a panel discussion aimed at identifying research gaps and priorities.