About The American Conference for the Treatment of HIV
The American Conference for the Treatment of HIV (ACTHIV) is the premier conference in the United States dedicated exclusively to frontline clinicians caring for individuals living with HIV infection. The conference delivers information to learners on new developments and research findings that can be rapidly translated and directly applied to the clinical setting.
Utilizing expert speakers whose primary focus is patient management, ACTHIV is specifically designed for frontline HIV care providers.
Since its inception, ACTHIV has explored the unique and specific challenges of caring for people living with HIV infection. The first conference premiered in September 2005 under the name 'The Treatment' Management of HIV Infection in the U.S. Conference.” This conference was a cooperative project of 10 federal agencies involved in the care of these individuals.
Following the inaugural conference, it was determined that a forum was needed where providers could learn about new scientific discoveries, treatment breakthroughs and management challenges, and develop expertise in new treatments and methodologies. In 2006, the organizers formed a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation in the District of Columbia for the sole purpose of continuing a biannual treatment education conference for frontline HIV care providers. Renamed American Conference for the Treatment of HIV (ACTHIV), the defined mission was and remains:
• To conduct a state-of-the-science meeting for primary clinical care providers (physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists, pharmacists, et.al.);
• To translate the latest developments in HIV clinical science to the delivery of medical care to persons with HIV infection;
• To learn from active clinical care providers about their experience in treating persons with HIV infection in order to advance clinical care and research.
The second ACTHIV conference was held in 2007 and was supported by federal, public and private agencies. The organizers sought to address the team concept of HIV care and therefore involved many dedicated clinicians in its core planning and dissemination of new and important information. A Federal Scientific Collaborative Panel was formed to serve in a scientific advisory capacity to the Board of Directors. A Program Committee convened to oversee all aspects of the scientific program in coordination with the accredited provider.
Due to the pace of change regarding national guidelines and best practices for managing those infected with HIV, the ACTHIV conference became an annual educational event in 2009. It continues to be supported by grants from both the public and private sectors.
In 2012, the ACTHIV conference will be held in Denver, Colorado from May 10-12 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.