AIDS 2012 Review

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October/November 2012: AIDS 2012 Review

The XIX International AIDS Conference brought leading scientists, public-health experts, policy makers and the HIV-affected community together to discuss the global state of HIV/AIDS. Now that it's over, POZ wants to know: What did you think of AIDS 2012?
1. Did you attend in person or follow online or through other means, the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) held July 22 to 27 in Washington, DC?
2. What benefits did you gain from attending/following AIDS 2012? (Check all that apply.)
New knowledge
New skills, including a better understanding of best practices
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits
New contacts/opportunities for future collaboration, including professional and career development
Strengthening collaboration with existing contacts (i.e., people you already knew before the conference)
Meeting friends
Sharing experiences/lessons learned
Affirmation/confirmation of current work/research direction, approach and/or practice
Motivation/renewed energy and/or sense of purpose
Opportunity to advocate on specific issue(s)
Opportunity to raise funds
Identification or clarification of my priority needs and the ways I can help meet them
I did not gain anything from the conference (skip to question 4)
(please specify) 
3. How will you use the benefits you gained from the conference? (Check all that apply.)
Share information with colleagues, peers and/or partner organizations (e.g., through discussions, presentations, dissemination/translation of materials, writing papers, etc.)
Organize a hub (a screening of selected conference sessions followed by a moderated discussion) in my city/communityto share the knowledge gained at the conference with others in my community
Build capacity within my organization/network through training, development/update of guidelines, procedures, manuals, other materials, etc.
Motivate my colleagues, peers and/or partners
Influence work focus/approach of my organization
Refine/improve existing work, research practice or methodology
Start a new project/activity/research
Expand/scale up existing programs/projects
Raise awareness of key populations (e.g., women, youth, MSM, sex workers, people who use drugs, migrants, etc.)
Raise awareness of community, policy and/or scientific leaders
Strengthen advocacy or policy work
Share information/experience with new contacts met at AIDS 2012
Develop new collaborations (e.g., creation of a partnership/network)
Strengthen existing collaborations
Join existing partnership(s)/network(s)
Not sure
I will not do anything differently
(please specify) 
4. Please tell us how you think AIDS 2012 may impact HIV research, policy, advocacy and programs at regional, national and/or global levels (100 words maximum).
5. What did you most dislike about AIDS 2012 (or what disappointed you), and what would you like to see at the next International AIDS Conference?
6. What year were you born?
7. What is your gender?
8. What is your sexual orientation?
9. What is your ethnicity? (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Eastern
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
(please specify) 

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