SAC : 9th Singapore AIDS Conference
The 9th Singapore AIDS Conference will be held on Saturday, 29 November 2014, in Annex 2 of Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
As an integral pillar of the Health City Novena master plan that was launched on 30 August 2013, Tan Tock Seng Hospital is a fitting venue for the 9th Singapore AIDS Conference. Health City Novena is an exciting new development that will encompass the Communicable Disease Centre, the National HIV Treatment Centre, and the Department of STI Control within the National Skin Centre.
Our theme this year is “Seeking Solutions”. The organising committee has reviewed active issues in HIV medicine in Singapore today, and has decided to focus on two topics.
The first topic is that of rising HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Singapore. Community education programmes have not been very effective in preventing the increase of HIV infection among MSM in Singapore. This is especially troubling because HIV infections are increasingly affecting young men who have many decades of productive life ahead. We are seeking insights from the community via a pre-conference Internet survey. At the conference, we will facilitate an exchange of insights and possible solutions via two interactive symposia, with professional updates, an expert panel, and anonymous live messaging feedback.
The second topic is about ethical dilemmas in access to medical care in Singapore. Patients with HIV face additional hurdles in negotiating our advanced healthcare system. A plenary lecture on ethical issues in HIV medicine is being planned, as well as a symposium in which the community, patients and healthcare workers can participate together with a panel of experts.
Importantly, there have been advances in HIV medicine in recent years, and functional cure of HIV has been increasingly reported. We have invited an international expert to provide insights into the prospect of HIV cure.
The 9th SAC will be the forum to share, learn and participate in our effort to reduce new HIV infections among MSM, and to encourage dialogue that may eventually improve access to medical care for patients with HIV.