Press release: Hundreds of young HIV activists to mobilise for global HIV youth conference

Hundreds of youth HIV activists will be in Amsterdam for the two-day international Youth Pre-Conference.
12 Jul 2018

DATE: 20 – 22nd July

Hundreds of youth HIV activists will be in Amsterdam for the two-day international Youth Pre-Conference, organised to strengthen the global youth HIV response.

#YPC2018: educate, equip, empower! precedes the International AIDS Conference, which is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world.

AIDS related illnesses are the second leading cause of death amongst adolescents globally. This is despite HIV (which can lead to AIDS) now being a manageable condition, when there is access to effective treatment.

The Youth Pre-Conference (YPC2018) has been created in recognition that an AIDS free world is not possible without the inclusion of youth. Young HIV activists face many challenges when interacting within different spaces and hold vibrant and dynamic ideas when dealing with the HIV epidemic.

Over 200 delegates, all under 30 years old, will be in attendance. The two-day Conference will be in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

The Conference has three focus areas: leadership; peer-to-peer education; medical science. The Conference will also provide personal development workshops to support young HIV activists, advocates and professionals in mitigating against the challenges in their work and attain their goals for an AIDS free generation.


The conference will be hosted by award-winning international comedian Scott Agnew, who is also living with HIV. He uses comedy to challenge HIV stigma: “I’m excited to be hosting the 2018 Youth Pre-Conference, we are going to have a lot of fun.

Globally, young people are significantly impacted by HIV, so a space dedicated to supporting them to lead in the HIV response is vital. For our work to be sustainable, information, skills and opportunities need to be shared across generations.”

Mercy Ngulube (Princess Diana Legacy Award holder, TEDx speaker and international HIV campaigner) will be a speaker at the conference: “Young people are crucial to the global HIV response and we can’t be an afterthought.

The Youth Pre-conference is important because it provides a space for us to build our confidence and skills, so that we can better engage in our respective communities and on a global stage.”

Young people are key to achieving the global commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The Youth Pre-Conference will provide a supportive space for young activists, advocates and professionals to strengthen their HIV response locally, nationally and globally.


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Hashtag: #YPC2018

Note to editors

Amsterdam is “Fast Track City” that has committed to accelerating action to ensure that the world can reach the ambitious target of ending AIDS by 2030. Amsterdam is one of only three cities to achieve the primary United Nations (UN) targets for the Fast-Track Cities initiative.

Through the YPC2018 scholarship programme, 46 young applicants from around the world have received scholarships to attend the pre-conference.

Conference hashtag with be #YPC2018

About us

The Youth Pre-Conference has been organised by Amsterdam Youth Force and the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+).

The Amsterdam Youth Force is a global movement working to ensure the participation of young people in the lead up to and during the International AIDS Conference 2018 (AIDS 2018).

Twitter: AMSYouthForce; Facebook: AmsterdamYouthForce; Instagram: amsterdamyouthforce


The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+) is the only global youth-led HIV network, comprising of young people under the age of 30 living with HIV from 8 regions.

Twitter: Yplus_network; Facebook: Y+ Network; Instagram: yplusnetwork


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