The Conference

HIV and STI in the Time of COVID-19

28th November 2020 & 5th December 2020

The Singapore AIDS Conference has been held every 2 years since 1998.

It is a conference for health care professionals, public health experts, community partners, policy makers, PLWHA, and key populations and affected communities to come together to take stock and share new knowledge and information that will stop the spread of HIV, fight HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and improve care and support for PLHIV Singapore.

The meeting builds on momentum of previous SAC to re-invigorate and re-energise our collective response to stopping HIV in Singapore.

The theme of the 12th Singapore AIDS Conference (SAC) is HIV and STI in the Time of COVID-19.

The conference will be held over 2 Saturday afternoons, on the 28th of November and 5th of December 2020.

The programme will comprise of 2 Webinars on each Saturday afternoon. They will highlight major themes that are confronting HIV/AIDS and Sexually-transmitted Infections (STI) –


Webinar 1: Covid-19 and Its Impact on HIV/STI

Webinar 2: Ending HIV - Updates


Webinar 3: PrEP Implementation and Scale-Up - Updates


Webinar 4: Update on HIV Treatment and Cure







Plenary Speakers

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Mr Eamonn Murphy
Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, UNAIDS

As Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Eamonn Murphy supports countries across the region in achieving the goals outlined in the 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. He leads and facilitates a joint United Nations response to support countries and their HIV programmes, which includes strengthening the links between governments, civil society, the United Nations system and development partners.


Mr Murphy has previously served as UNAIDS Country Director in Myanmar and Vietnam. Before joining the United Nations, Mr Murphy held a number of senior positions with the Australian Government, including Assistant Secretary for Communicable Diseases and Environmental Health and Director of the National AIDS Programme for the Commonwealth Health Department.


Associate Professor Doctor Jason Ong

Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Special Issues Editor, Sexual Health

Jason is a sexual health physician at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, with appointments at Monash University, University of Melbourne and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His area of research is in economic evaluations of HIV/STI interventions including strategies to eliminate HIV, antimicrobial stewardship and HIV self-testing.

Professor Andrew Grulich

Theme Director, Populations and Prevention and
Head, HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program

Professor Andrew Grulich leads the HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. Grulich leads research on the prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections in gay men. He was principal investigator of the Opposites Attract study, one of the cornerstones of the Undetectable quals Untransmissible campaign, and principal investigator of the EPIC-NSW study of population-based PREP roll-out.

Professor Sharon Lewin

Director, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity,
The University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Sharon Lewin is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital; Melbourne Laureate Professor, The University of Melbourne; consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital and is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow, Melbourne, Australia. She is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist. Her research focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection. She is an elected member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society (IAS) representing the Asia Pacific region and co-chairs the IAS Global Advisory board for the Towards an HIV Cure initiative. In 2014, she was named Melburnian of the Year for being an inspirational role model to others in her field and in 2019, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Organising Team

Prof. Roy Chan

Co-chair of 12th SAC

A/Prof Lee Cheng Chuan

Co-chair of 12th SAC

Other Committee Members

Dr. Wong Chen Seong

Mr. Rayner Tan

Ms. Sumita Banerjee


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