Responses to HIV and migration in western industrialised countries: current challenges, promising practices, future directions

Meeting report

This report summarises the discussion and outcomes of a special satellite session at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, on 22 July 2012.

Executive summary

On the event of the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC (USA) in 2012, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ECDC co-sponsored a special satellite session entitled ‘Responses to HIV and migration in western industrialised countries: current challenges, promising practices, future directions’.The joint satellite session had a special focus on HIV and the public health response relating to the health in migrants:

  • Monitoring HIV among migrant populations
  • Migrant-sensitive HIV prevention and treatment programmes and services

This report provides highlights of the information exchanged and a synthesis of the key discussion points from the session, attended by health practitioners, researchers and government representatives primarily from Europe, the United States and Canada.As follow-up to the 2012 satellite session, ECDC will explore the possibility to host a meeting in 2013 to take forward the issue of migrant health and HIV in Western industrialised countries. ECDC, PHAC, CDC and IOM will also explore further opportunities for collaboration on issues related to migrant health and HIV.

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