This post originally appeared on The Well Project.

The International Workshop on HIV & Women and the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2023, celebrating its 30th year) took place back-to-back in February 2023 in Seattle, Washington. This was the first in-person gathering for both conferences since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and members of The Well Project’s community were on hand (in some cases virtually). Read on for multiple authors’ perspectives on these two fascinating – and distinct – research meetings.

Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2023): February 19 – 22, 2023

Session Recaps

Dear HIV Researchers, Language Matters. by Bridgette Picou, LVN

Misinformation, Disinformation, HIV, and Us by Bridgette Picou, LVN

International Workshop on HIV & Women 2023: February 17 – 18, 2023

Session Recaps

Sex, Pleasure, and Making the Uncomfortable Comfortable by Kimberly Canady-Griffith

The Well Project at the International Workshop on HIV & Women 2023 by By Ciarra Covin

Community Challenges, Global Crises, and HIV by Katie Willingham

Listening to Women: Supporting Informed Decision-Making on Infant Feeding and HIV

A Girl Like Me Blog Entries

Headed to Seattle
“It is always a weird feeling when presenting at a conference or workshop. On one hand, I’m excited because of the opportunity to be among people who are passionate like me; and on the other hand, I have that good ole self-doubt that’s screaming out at me saying ’Girl you do not belong.’”  by KimberlyC (Kimberly Canady-Griffith)

Taking It All in From Home: My Virtual Experience at the International Workshop on HIV and Women 2023
“The conference was jam-packed with a lot of great presentations from discussing the impacts of global crises on women living with HIV, to the intersectionality of climate change and women’s health outcomes. I found the connection fascinating and could understand how it works by their skillful presentation.”  by KatieAdsila (Katie Willingham)

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