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Abstract submissions are now closed.  


We invite abstracts for presentations on the following:

SUB-THEME 1: Impact of COVID-19 on the sexual health and blood-borne virus sector

Presentations may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Changes to sexual health and blood-borne virus risk behaviours during the pandemic (e.g. sexual practices, drug use); 

  • COVID-19 as a barrier to or facilitator of client engagement in sexual health and blood-borne virus services; 

  • How COVID-19 has shaped population health literacy and/or trust in health professionals;

  • Changes to workforce composition, resourcing, and/or priority-setting, and potential implications for the prevention and control of sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses; 

  • Changes to ways of working due to social distancing requirements, travel restrictions and other public health measures; 

  • Managing the risk of COVID-19 co-morbidity in clients with sexually transmissible infections or blood-borne viruses; 

  • Innovative practices and workarounds in sexual health and blood-borne virus research and service delivery;

  • Advances in the development, production and supply of effective vaccines. 

SUB-THEME 2: Lessons from the sexual health and blood-borne virus sector on effective responses to disease outbreaks 

Presentations may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Strategies for effectively communicating messages about preventative behaviours and harm reduction; 

  • Ways of responding to anti-scientific rhetoric and misperceptions around modes of transmission, preventive measures and treatment; 

  • The need to address fear and stigma as barriers to service engagement; 

  • The importance of ensuring that culturally and linguistically diverse groups are included in public health responses;  

  • The use and acceptability of rapid testing; 

  • Best practices for contact tracing; 

  • Investment in enhanced surveillance systems, and cross-jurisdictional data sharing. 

SUB-THEME 3: What comes next? Preventing and controlling STIs and BBVs in a changing health landscape  

Presentations may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Recommendations for workforce development strategies to enable the sector to respond to future challenges arising from COVID-19; 

  • Ideas for sector utilisation of COVID-19 staff and infrastructure beyond COVID-times; 

  • Advocacy strategies to ensure that sexual health and blood-borne viruses are prioritised in policy and planning decisions; 

  • Mechanisms for disseminating and translating knowledge beyond the sector. 

Presentations can take the form of posters, long oral presentations (15 minutes) and rapid fire presentations (6 minutes). Arrangements will be made to support online and pre-recorded presentations where appropriate.

NOTE: Abstracts on other themes relevant to the sexual health and blood-borne virus sector will also be considered for pre-recorded presentations which will be published on the Symposium website. If you would like to submit an idea for one of these pre-recorded presentations, please email

Presentations from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, students and early career researchers are encouraged. 

If you require assistance in preparing your abstract, please consult the SiREN resources on How to Prepare a Successful Conference Abstract

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