Affiliated Independent Events

Are you organizing an event you would like to affiliate with AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference? If so, why not apply for Affiliated Independent Event status and benefit from your event being visible and promoted to the large and diverse network of IAS Members and AIDS 2022 delegates? All accepted Affiliated Independent Events will be published on the conference website, and might be promoted on AIDS 2022 social media channels.

Affiliated Independent Events, held by external organizations or individuals, will take place around AIDS 2022. They should address HIV and AIDS, co-infections and/or issues faced by people living with and affected by HIV or organizations responding to the HIV epidemic. They may be population or issue specific, and they can take various shapes: workshops, pre-meetings, forums, art exhibits, theatre and so much more. The IAS encourages event submitters to be creative when developing their events to address HIV and AIDS in new and original ways.

Submissions close on 30 June 2022.

Your event must meet the following criteria to be approved as an AIDS 2022 Affiliated Independent Event:

  • It must take place between 1 May and 15 August 2022.
  • It must take place outside the official AIDS 2022 programme hours. These are:
    • Friday, 29 July 2022: 09:00-12:45
    • Saturday, 30 July to Tuesday, 2 August 2022: 09:15-17:30

Please note that the IAS reserves the right to approve or reject any Affiliated Independent Event and is not responsible for the organization or final content of any such event; the content and management of the event is the sole responsibility of the event organizers. There is no cost involved in applying for an affiliated status.

For more details on the format or the application process, please refer to the terms and conditions for AIDS 2022 Affiliated Independent Events or contact the Affiliated Independent Events team at [email protected].

This year’s Affiliated Independent Events


Format: In-person performances

Location: Le Monastère

Organizer: Dave St-Pierre, Fierté Montréal, and Gilead

When: 27 July – 6 August, 7pm (EDT)

The show, “Rapture”, will showcase 10 performers in an atypical contemporary dance work evoking societal hostility towards members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and people living with HIV (2SLGBTQIA+ stands for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual and other affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify). It is a tribute to the millions of people who have died due to AIDS, intertwining accounts by people who continue to counter serophobia (the fear or disdain of people living with HIV) and the HIV epidemic.

Pride Montréal Executive Director Simon Gamache reminds us that AIDS 1989, the 5th International AIDS Conference, also held in Montréal, “was marked by a social mobilization that, on the floor of the Palais des congrès, initiated a transformation of the relationship between medicine and society”. Scientists could no longer ignore the voices of people living with HIV.

“Rapture blends commemoration, pain and resilience and aims to remind us of the remarkable advances of the past 33 years,” Simon explains. “Dave St-Pierre and many talented artists are joining forces with Montréal Pride to present conference delegates and Montréalers with events inspired by the pain of those affected, the mobilization of activists, and the dedication of researchers.”

Presented by Gilead, 10 performances will take place from 27 July to 6 August at Le Monastère at 19:00. Tickets are on sale at

Exhibition: “Art, Activism and Resilience”

Format: Hybrid

Location: Online at Gallea and in person in Village Montréal

Organizer: Gallea and Fierte Montreal

When: 28 July 2022, 08:30-19:30 (EDT)

As part of AIDS 2022, the Montréal Pride Festival is once again partnering with Gallea, Canada’s largest online art gallery, to present “Art, Activism and Resilience”, an exclusive collection of original works that will highlight visual artists from 2SLGBTQIA+ communities from around the world. This inspiring and educational exhibition aims to explore HIV and AIDS through the activism and resilience in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, as well as sexual health. Visitors will be invited to discover 100 works in the online gallery on the same site; 22 of these works will be physically displayed on outdoor panels in Village Montréal, an inclusive district where everyone is respected and has access to the same opportunities, from 13 June to 1 September 2022.


Format: In person

Location: PHI Center

Organizer: Nicolas Jenkins, Fierte Montreal, and PHI Center

When: 30 June to 28 August 2022

The Montréal Pride Festival and the PHI Center will present INVERSE/THE FUTURE IS OFTEN A STEP BEHIND, an experimental documentary exhibit in three tableaus. The exhibit questions the prevailing assimilation of 2SLGBTQIA+ identities and is on display at the PHI Center from 30 June to 28 August. Admission is free.

The documentary presents a multigenerational portrait of queer communities through the daily lives of participants in New York City. It highlights fluidity and change, both in gender and sexuality and our understanding of them. This work by Nicolas Jenkins is also a reminder that we have not moved beyond racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia and the stigma of HIV and AIDS.

Strategies to end the HIV and AIDS epidemics: A course at the McGill Summer Institutes in Global Health

Format: Virtual

Organizer: McGill University Summer Institutes in Global Health  

When: 6-8 June 2022, 9:00-13:00 (EDT) each day  

This course will introduce the up-to-date key concepts and methodologies that are currently being implemented in efforts to halt and end the HIV epidemic. Students will learn about the HIV care cascade that forms the basis of the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 95-95-95 targets to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Topics will revolve around understanding and responding to the HIV epidemic using biobehavioural surveillance, HIV phylogenetics, targeted population research, HIV eradication and HIV testing, treatment and prevention interventions.

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Understand the HIV care cascade, the global targets to end the HIV epidemic and how to measure success.
  • Identify the major barriers to success in reaching global targets.
  • Understand HIV biobehavioural surveillance as part of second-generation surveillance.
  • Learn about phylogenetics to monitor the HIV epidemic in real time.
  • Learn about HIV transmission in targeted populations.
  • Learn about the up-to-date HIV testing technologies, HIV treatment and prevention strategies.
  • Learn mathematic modelling and other research methods to understand HIV transmission and epidemics.
  • Learn the main HIV cure strategies aimed at eradicating HIV.

Course Directors

Chen Liang, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University
Director, McGill Centre for Viral Diseases

Marina Klein, MDCM, MSc
Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University

Target audience: All delegates will benefit from attending this event.

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Annual HIV cure meeting

Format: Hybrid

Location: Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and virtual

Organizer: International AIDS Society Towards an HIV Cure

When: 28 July 2022, 08:30-19:30 (EDT)

Through its Towards an HIV Cure programme, IAS – the International AIDS Society – in partnership with the Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise (CanCURE) and the FRQS – AIDS and Infectious Diseases Network (Réseau sida-MI), invites you to join the annual HIV cure meeting, an AIDS 2022 Affiliated Independent Event.

Titled “Pathways to an HIV cure: Research and advocacy priorities”, the event will reflect the “Research priorities for an HIV cure: International AIDS Society Global Scientific Strategy 2021”, published in Nature Medicine. The sessions will highlight cure advances globally and promising research strategies while explaining the latest science and incorporating diverse perspectives on an HIV cure.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning about the HIV cure field. A dedicated scholarship programme will engage researchers and advocates working in countries with limited resources for an HIV cure.

Target audience: All delegates will benefit from attending this event.

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Multi-sectoral stakeholders’ engagement workshop

Format: In person

Location: Hotel Monville Montreal, 1041 Rue De Bleury, Montreal, QC H2Z 1M7

Organizer: OUR HOPE Community Based Organization/NGO

When: 29 July 2022, 15:00-17:00 EDT

This workshop will bring together stakeholders in the HIV response and provide a platform to learn new, innovative stakeholder engagement skills. Participants will be able to discuss and share experiences of how best to use a multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement approach to improve and sustain HIV prevention, care and treatment services to achieve the UNAIDS target of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. Workshop outcomes will strengthen multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement and motivate institutions to act in ways that protect and sustain the services they offer people Living with HIV and AIDS and their caregivers. The workshop will cover funding opportunities for donors to fund sustainable HIV and AIDS programmes implemented by OUR HOPE and partners.

The workshop will focus on:

  1. How to sustain stakeholder engagement at community level
  2. How to mobilize resources to support multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement at community level
  3. Engaging donor institutions and governments to promote multi-sectoral engagement at community level

This will be an open forum gathering, and it will feature group work, plenary discussions and role play. Its duration will be 90-150 minutes.

Target audience: All delegates will benefit from attending this event.

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Lifelines: Storytelling and drag in solidarity with people living with advanced HIV

Format: In person

Location: Centre Phi, 315 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2M3, Canada

Organizer: Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF)/Doctors Without Borders (Canada)

When: 29 July 2022, 17:00-19:00 EDT

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a storytelling reception that highlights experiences supporting people living with advanced HIV around the world. The event will include stories from MSF and other organizations on advancing access to HIV and AIDS care, a photo exhibit and a live performance by Montreal drag queen Barbada. Informal networking will follow, with a cash bar offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. MSF is complying with the appropriate Canadian public health guidance and provincial orders related to COVID-19 in the planning of this event. Venue capacity will be capped at 75% to allow for comfortable social distancing, and mask wearing will be highly encouraged during the event when not consuming beverages.

For more information, please contact: Bobbi Jo Hart, Public Engagement & Events Officer, Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF)/Doctors Without Borders, [email protected]

Target audience: All delegates will benefit from attending this event.

Save the date! A link to the event will be available soon.

AIDS 2022 edutainment (re-engage and follow the science): Cementing the message through entertainment

Format: In person

Location: Hotel Monville Montreal, 1041 Rue De Bleury, Montreal, QC H2Z 1M7

Organizer: OUR HOPE Community Based Organization/NGO

When: 29 July 2022, 19:00-21:30 EDT

OUR HOPE will entertain participants using drama and dance while delivering HIV and AIDS messages through its community department. It wishes to encourage HIV programme implementing partners and organizations to adopt entertainment as a way to create demand for HIV, AIDS and SRHR services. Through its entertainment, OUR HOPE will also provide a chance for participants to learn how cultural and traditional practices are key in contributing to sustained HIV and AIDS service interventions.

Target audience: All delegates will benefit from attending this event.

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Clinical Monday

Format: Virtual

Organizer: Aurum Institute, Pop Inn Programme  

When: 1 August 2022, 11:00-12:30 CAT (05:00-06:30 EDT) 

Clinical Monday, “your way to begin a healthy week”, is a Facebook livestream that takes place every Monday, hosting clinicians and experts on various health-related issues and topics. On 1 August, the event will be hosted by Vee kaNkosi, its Brand Ambassador. It will look at best practices that Clinical Monday’s five clinics have come up with to curb transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men and trans women. It will feature a panel of clinicians from the five clinics and will connect the livestream to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Spaces.

Target audience: All delegates will benefit from attending this event.

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Exhibitions at the McCord Museum

Format: In person

Location: McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal (QC) H3A 1E9

Organizer: McCord Museum

When: March to September 2022, 10:00-18:00 EDT

The McCord Museum is holding three exhibitions in addition to its permanent exhibition under the banner, “Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience”.

Piqutiapiit: Exhibition by Niap –  Although one might imagine that the traditional Inuit lifestyle in the far north consisted solely of surviving a harsh, forbidding environment, the Inuit created refined objects and clothing that illustrate a highly developed aesthetic sense. Using simple tools like scrapers, needles, thimbles and ulus, the indispensable all-purpose “women’s knives”, women constructed practical objects that artist Niap also considers exquisitely beautiful. In this exhibition, Niap presents a piece that pays tribute to the work of Inuit women of the past. She acknowledges and celebrates Inuit women’s expertise and artistic talent by revealing the finesse and refinement of the traditional objects that she found in the McCord Museum’s collections and how they reflect and relate to women’s lives.

JJ Levine: Queer Photographs – This exhibition invites you to discover the work of Montreal photographer JJ Levine via a selection of portraits drawn from three series. In staged photographs of queer subjects in intimate, domestic settings, Levine questions the representation of traditional binary gender roles. Composed of 52 large-format photographs, including several that have never been exhibited, the compelling exhibition is complemented by a video illustrating the artist’s creative process. This is a retrospective of Levine’s portraiture work that he began in 2006 and it borrows from the studio portrait tradition to celebrate people who self-identify as queer.

Alexander Henderson – Art and Nature – “Alexander Henderson – Art and Nature” is the first major exhibition devoted to the photographer, Alexander Henderson (1831-1913). Captivated by the majesty of the territory’s wilderness, Henderson became one of Canada’s leading landscape photographers. Discover 250 original prints and reproductions of photographs, as well as archival documents relating the life of the photographer. Travel through the great outdoors and urban scenes. Embark on his astonishing journey, from his first excursions around Montreal , through the regions of Quebec, in particular, the Outaouais, the Gaspé, the North Shore and the majestic Saguenay Fjord, and then all the way to Western Canada.

Target audience: All delegates will benefit from attending this event.

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