INTEREST (HIV) Conference

The annual INTEREST Conference is the premier scientific conference for HIV in Africa and brings together scientists involved in HIV treatment, pathogenesis, and prevention research from around the world to share pivotal findings, promote collaboration, and transfer experiences across several fields and many continents. INTEREST is co-organized by AIGHD and Academic Medical Education.


The INTEREST Conference showcases cutting-edge knowledge in the fields of HIV diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV-1 infection as well as to continue to foster the building of a community of African physicians and scientists who will discuss implementing local solutions for the management of patients living with HIV-1 infection and for the prevention of HIV transmission.


INTEREST 2020 received a record number of abstracts with 904 abstracts submitted. INTEREST 2020 was held virtually due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. INTEREST 2020 attracted delegates from 44 different countries from across Africa and around the globe. Of the 559 delegates, 67% were attending INTEREST for the first time.


INTEREST 2021 will be held from 12-14 October. This will be a shortened version of the longer week-long conference. The conference in 2021 will be virtual. Because of the limited time, there will not be any accepted abstracts in 2021. Rather, those who would like to submit abstracts will be invited to do so for INTEREST2022 after the conferencein October. We hope to see you there!


Past conferences:

2007 – Kampala, Uganda

2008 – Dakar, Senegal

2009 – Lusaka, Zambia

2010 – Maputo, Mozambique

2011 – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

2012 – Mombasa, Kenya

2013 – Dakar, Senegal

2014 – Lusaka, Zambia

2015 – Harare, Zimbabwe

2016 – Yaounde, Cameroon

2017 – Lilongwe, Malawi

2018 – Kigali, Rwanda

2019 – Accra, Ghana

2020 – Virtually (due to COVID-19)

2021 – Virtually (due to COVID-19)