Chairs’ Introduction

Mauro


MAURO SCHECHTER
(Joint chair)

juan


JUAN
SIERRA-MADERO
(Joint chair)

ernesto

ERNESTO
MARTINEZ BUITRAGO
(Joint chair)

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On behalf of the Core and Scientific Committees, we would like to introduce you to the HIV & Hepatitis in the Americas Congress which took place between 4-6 April 2019 in Bogotá, Colombia. This regionally focussed Congress evolved in 2013 from the HIV Glasgow Congress.

The 2019 Congress brought together practising physicians and other healthcare professionals who treat patients on a day-to-day basis to discuss ways of improving clinical practice and the lives of patients. The Congress Scientific Programme was developed to provide state-of-the-art information on HIV and hepatitis, as well as the opportunity to discuss regional issues and challenges in the treatment of patients, focussing on public health, and clinical and basic science agendas. We were delighted to be working in collaboration with the International AIDS Society (IAS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), as well as the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA). The Latin American Workshop Group held a closed pre-Congress meeting on 3 April, and disseminated this to Congress attendees during a morning session on 4 April.

The Scientific Programme offered a selection of plenary sessions, discussions and interactive case studies. Time for discussion within sessions, which has increasingly become of value to delegates as the Congress has evolved, was allocated to ensure that the key issues in the region are aired and addressed. Important features of the Congress were the Scientific Posters and the Exhibition Area, which provided excellent opportunities to meet with colleagues, and to informally discuss data and generally embrace the nature of this Congress.