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BHIVA holds two general conferences each year; the Annual Conference in the spring, and the BHIVA Autumn Conference in October/November.

Attendance at BHIVA conferences has grown rapidly and attracts a broad spectrum of participants including HIV clinicians, trainees, public health specialists, scientists and community representatives.

The highlight of the Annual Conference of BHIVA which rotates through venues around the UK is the presentation of the latest research undertaken by trainees and others working in HIV centres across the UK. Abstract submissions are invited for presentation at the conference and are considered by an Abstract Review Committee. Abstracts accepted for presentations at the conference (both oral and poster) are published in a supplement to HIV Medicine.

The BHIVA Autumn Conference is held annually in London with attendance at around 600 delegates. The conference includes the Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) Parallel Sessions. Highlights of the programme include the BHIVA Foundation Lecture, an interactive BHIVA Guidelines session and a BHIVA Community Symposium. High calibre speakers are invited to present up-to-the-minute presentations, which provide much required material for delegate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Since 2008, the Autumn Conference has been preceded by the annual BHIVA Conference for the Management of HIV/Hepatitis Co-infection. This half-day conference in London brings together those directly involved in the care of HIV-infected patients co-infected with hepatitis B or C, as well as those who have a clinical or research interest in the epidemiology, natural history or basic science of viral hepatitis.

In addition, BHIVA has established a series of 'Best of CROI' Feedback Meetings in London and regional destinations around the UK, to review the key issues presented at the CROI International Conference. The feedback meetings have proved highly successful, with a good attendances and feedback from delegates, and as such they have become an integral part of the BHIVA conference calendar.

Over the past few years BHIVA has held an event to mark World AIDS Day (1st December). The first event took place in 2008 and was held in collaboration with the Children’s HIV Association (Don’t Forget the Children). In more recent years events have been organised in collaboration with other organisations such as the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), Department of Health, Health Protection Agency, HIV Pharmacy Association (HIVPA), National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) and the Wellcome Trust. With BHIVA at the forefront of promoting the very best standards in HIV care, these events, which are held when others in the wider community are reflecting on the epidemic serve as a reminder to the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain ahead.

A far greater multi-disciplinary approach has been adopted in the treatment of HIV over the years and as such BHIVA has endeavoured to organise educational forums which bring together professionals from a wide range of disciplines. 2012 saw a joint conference held by BHIVA and the Royal College if Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (RCOG) focusing on HIV in Pregnancy. Other similar collaborations are in the planning stages for 2013 and onwards.

The Joint BHIVA/BASHH Diploma in HIV Medicine one-day revision course has been developed by both associations to help prepare candidates for this important examination which is designed for registered medical practitioners who have regular clinical contact with HIV patients.

 

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