Wednesday June 27th

18:00 - 19:30

Opening Ceremony

Edmund Burke Hall


Chairs: Derek Freedman, Charlotte Gaydos


Derek Freedman: Welcome Address from the Congress Chair

Charlotte Gaydos: Presidential Address from the Congress Co-Chair and President IUSTI EXCO

Airi Poder: Welcome Address on Behalf of IUSTI Europe from the Regional Director of IUSTI Europe

​Kees Rietmeijer and Henry de Vries: Introduction to the IUSTI 2018 Scientific Program by the Co-Chairs IUSTI 2018 Scientific Committee View Session

King Holmes: Official Opening: “The Appliance of Science” View Session

Teodora Wi: Opening Keynote: “Celebrating Good Sex” from the World Health Organization View Session

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Thursday June 28th 

9:00 - 10:30

Plenary 1

Global STI: What in the World?

Edmund Burke Hall


Chairs: Teodora Wi, Francis Ndowa


Thomas Quinn: Gulliver’s Travels: The Global Resurgence of STI's - View Session

Nicola Low: Assessing the Global Burden of STI's and Developing the Workforce to Fight It - View Session

Xiang-Sheng Chen: Evolving STI Epidemiology in Asia - View Session

Sara Lowe: Battling STI's on the Front Lines in Africa - View Session

11:15 - 12:30

Parallel Sessions 1

Symposium 1: Syphilis 2018

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Amani Hansali, Bradley Stoner.


Mark Gilbert: The Syndemic Approach to Syphilis Epidemiology and Prevention View Session

Kirsten Salado - Rasmussen: T. pallidum Molecular Typing and Syphilis Epidemiology View Session

Robert Bolan: Doxycycline Prophylaxis for Syphilis Prevention View Session

Xiu Qui: Syphilis-attributable adverse pregnancy outcomes: a retrospective cohort analysis of 1218 pregnant women with different syphilis treatment status in China View Session

Symposium 2: Viral STIs, It Is Time to Maximize Prevention of Infections and Complications

J.M Synge Theatre 


Chairs: Raj Patel, Marc Steben


Anna Wald: HSV: An Imperfect Toolkit of Interventions View Session

Marc Steben: How Can We Accelerate the Elimination of HPV? View Session

Valérie Martel-Laferrière: Sexually Transmitted Hepatitis C – Beyond Injection Drug Use View Session

Niamh Lynn: Update on outcomes from a Hepatitis C outbreak in men who have sex with men in a Dublin Sexual Health Clinic & a call for treatment as prevention View Session

13:30 - 14:15

Plenary 2

Congenital Syphilis 

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Adele Schwartz-Benzaken, Jeff Klausner View Session


Rangsima Lolekha: Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of Syphilis: the Thailand Experience View Session

Melanie Taylor: Benzathine Penicillin Shortages and the Need for Alternative Treatment Options for Pregnant Women With Syphilis View Session

14:30 - 15:45

Parallel Sessions 2

Symposium 3: E-Health

J.M Synge Theatre 


Chairs: Jackie Cassell, Udi Davidovich


Mary Darking: Supporting Reduced-Visit Clinical Pathways with mHealth in HIV care: the Role of Co-design and Soci-technical evaluation View Session

Leslie Snyder: How E-Health Strategies Can Support STI Testing View Session

Jo Gibbs: Legislation and regulation in the era of online sexual health: how do we ensure provision of safe, high-quality care? View Session

Huachun Zou: Geosocial networking app use among men who have sex with men in China: findings from the T2T study View Session

Symposium 4: Vaginal Microbiome

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Jacky Jennings, Helena Seth-Smith.


Janneke van de Wijgert: The Vaginal Microbiome and Sexually Transmitted Infections Are Interlinked: Consequences for Treatment and Prevention View Session

Elke Lievens: The Vaginal Microbiome in STIs: A role for Probiotics? View Session

Cindy Liu: The Genital Microbiome and Host Susceptibility to HIV View Session

Christina Muzny: Incubation period and risk factors support sexual transmission of bacterial vaginosis in women who have sex with women View Session

16:15 - 17:30

Parallel Sessions 3

Symposium 5: Exploring Treatment Approaches for Urethritis in Men

Edmund Burke Hall 

Chairs: Francis Ndowa, Magnus Unemo


Ranmini Kularatne: Urethral Discharge Syndrome and Its Management in Resource-Constrained Settings – a Perspective From Sub-Saharan Africa View Session

Edward Hook: Management Strategies for Non-Gonococcal Urethritis View Session 

Patrick Horner: Azithromycin or Doxycycline in the Treatment of Non-Gonococcal Urethritis in Men View Session

Teresa Batteiger: Etiology of Nongonococcal urethritis among men attending an urban sexually transmitted diseases clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA View Session

Symposium 6: Program and Implementation Science

J.M Synge Theatre


Chairs: Sevgi Aral, Kees Rietmeijer  View Session


James Blanchard: What Happened to the Other 90s? The Unintended Consequences of Test and Treat Interventions for Key Populations View Session

Julie Dombrowski: Which Traditions are Worth Keeping? Public Health HIV/STI Program Science in the U.S

Helen Ward: Discussant 


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Friday June 29th 

9:00 - 10:30

Plenary 3

The Appliance of Science: A Review of Recent Advances in STI Research

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Edward Hook, Patrick Horner

Speakers: Jackie Cassell View Session, Patrick Horner View Session, Edward Hook View Session, William Miller View Session

Patrick Horner and Edward Hook: Discussion 

11:15 - 12:30

Parallel Sessions 4

Symposium 7: Antimicrobial Resistance

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Jo-Anne Dillon, Henry de Vries


Guy Boivin: Acyclovir-Resistant Herpes Simplex Virus Infections: How to Diagnose and Treat View Session

John White: Is Dual Therapy for Gonorrhea the Solution to the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance? View Session

Lisa Manhart: Resistance profiles and treatment outcomes among Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) infected men who have sex with men (MSM) with non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) View Session

Helen Fifer: The correlation between azithromycin minimum inhibitory concentration and clinical outcome for Gonorrhoea in the GTOG trial: does dual therapy treatment remain appropriate? View Session

Symposium 8: The Future of the STI Clinic

J.M Synge Theatre 

Chairs: Grainne Courtney, Kees Rietmeijer


Susan Blank: The View From New York View Session

Arjan Hogewoning: The View From Amsterdam View Session

Christopher Fairley: The View From Melbourne View Session

Grainne Kelly: The View From Dublin View Session

13:30 - 14:30

Plenary 4

Sexual Health and Sexual Rights

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Dennis Fortenberry, Lynn Barclay 


The IUSTI Prestigious Lecture

Introduced by: Charlotte Gaydos
Speaker: Marleen Temmerman: Sexual health, sexual rights, and HIV/STI among women in East-Africa
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Farideh Farahani: Sexual Health and HIV/STIs among young people in Iran View Session

Dennis Fortenberry: A sexual well-being framework for addressing STI treatment and prevention View Session

Dennis Fortenberry: Discussion 

15:00 - 16:15

Parallel Sessions 5

Symposium 9: Anal Conditions: Sexually Transmitted or Not

Edmund Burke Hall 

Chairs: John White, Henry de Vries


David Templeton: Anal HPV and precancerous lesions in gay men: insights from the longitudinal Study of the Prevention of Anal Cancer View Session

Paul McCormick: Non-STI Surgical Anal Conditions View Session

Achyuta Nori: Anal STI's View Session

Henriette Gängel: High occurrence of anorectal infections with Chlamydia trachomatis serovar L in patients attending a STI outpatients clinic in Berlin: 2012-2017 View Session


Symposium 10:  Fast and Precise: Challenges of Rapid STI Testing

J.M Synge Theatre 

Chair: Charlotte Gaydos, Tariq Sadiq


Lea Widdice: Atlas rapid test for Chlamydia trachomatis: Assay performance and women’s test experience View Session 

Sebastian Fuller: Factors influencing decisions to implement point-of-care tests for STIs in the UK View Session

Anne Rompalo: POCTs for STIs- How’s that working for you? View Session

Oluyomi Obafemi: Rapid point-of-care test decreases time to treatment for MSM tested for Syphilis in outreach settings View Session​

16:30 - 17:30

Plenary 5

Should we Abandon Azithromycin?

Edmund Burke Hall 


Moderator: Hunter Handsfield


Jane Hocking, PhD: The impact of azithromycin pharmacokinetics on STI treatment efficacy View Session

Tariq Sadiq: Azithromycin for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Mycoplasma genitalium - the drug does work, but can make it worse View Session

William M. Geisler: Summary and Perspectives on Macrolide Resistance and Efficacy Concerns in Bacterial STIs and the Continued Use of Azithromycin View Session

Panellists: Grainne Courtney, Angelika Stary, Susan Blank 

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Saturday June 30th 

9:00 - 10:00

Plenary 6

HIV and STI in the PrEP Era

Edmund Burke Hall


Chairs: Angelica Espinosa-Miranda, Jeanne Marrazzo 


Fiona Mulcahy: Recent advances in HIV Management View Session
Adele Schwartz-Benzaken: PrEP lifestyle: a New Gateway to STI View Session

10:15 - 11:30

Parallel Sessions 6

Symposium 11: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for Women and Men: State of the Art and challenges ahead

Edmund Burke Hall 

Chairs: Sevgi Aral, Alex Carballo-Dieguez


Sharon Hillier: The Promise of PrEP in Women: Adherence, Compartmental PK and the Microbiome View Session

Elske Hoornenborg: PrEP in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities View Session

Jose Bauermeister: The Four A’s of PrEP: Optimizing Product Acceptability, Availability, Accessibility, and Adherence View Session

Ken Mayer: From Proof-of-Concept to Implementation: PrEP 1.0 and Next Generation Chemoprophylaxis in Men View Session

Symposium 12: Partner Services

J.M Synge Theatre 

Chairs: Claudia Estcourt, Matthew Golden


David Katz: STD Partner services for MSM can be used to promote HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and identify people living with HIV who are inadequately engaged in HIV care View Session
Alaina Vaisey: Does a chlamydia testing intervention impact general practitioners’ partner notification attitudes and practices? View Session
Claudia Estcourt: Going beyond “regular and casual”: developing a new sex partner classification to enable prioritisation of resources and tailoring of partner notification View Session
Matthew Golden: Emergence of HIV partner services as a prevention intervention in sub-Saharan Africa: from randomized trials to scale-up View Session


Closing Ceremony

Edmund Burke Hall


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Chairs: Derek Freedman, Charlotte Gaydos 

Introduction: Charlotte Gaydos 

The Regional Directors - Take home messages
Airi Poder, Kees Rietmeijer, Amina Hancali, Adele Benzaken, Christopher Fairley

IUSTI Awards

Prizes for Best Oral and Poster Abstracts

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