STI & HIV 2021 World Congress
STI & HIV 2021 World Congress is organized by Congress Care, The International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) and will be held from Jul 14 - 17, 2021.
Theme: “Sexual diversity and the city”
Their mission is to address diversity, health and sexuality in the urban context. Why? Over 60% of the current world population live in urbanised settings, places where a large portion of the STI epidemic is also focussed. At the same time, urban environments offer networks, infrastructures, multidisciplinarity and creativity from which solutions can emerge. Cities can act as giant outdoor labs, experimental sites, research incubators and ideal environments for the implementation of interventions.
As scientists working in the field of STI they are often confronted with key populations such as sex workers, migrants, men who have sex with men and transgender persons. They try to reach out using special techniques such as snowball sampling or respondent driven sampling. Often, they fail in their attempts and refer to these groups as “hard to reach populations”. What they often do not realise is that they ourselves might be “hard to reach”.
The big challenge for future STI research will be to involve communities, practitioners and healthcare workers in their research. They need to get out of their ivory towers and abandon top down approaches. Whether it involves neat in vitrowork, randomised trials or mathematical models. To address the needs of those affected by STI and their medical caretakers, their involvement is required, not as a final step but from the design phase of their projects. This is an imperative to successfully implement results from a research environment to daily life.
Additional details will be posted as soon as information is available.
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