Conference Updates

The Well Project is a regular presence at conferences of all kinds: regional, national, and international HIV community convenings; research and advocacy meetings; gatherings at the intersections of health, gender, and justice; and more. Such events offer key opportunities for The Well Project to share our resources and support women in our community in expanding their leadership platforms through presenting, networking, and reporting on their experiences. View this page for highlights from conferences we have attended in recent years.


Breast milk is well known to be the best food for most babies – and there is much to learn about this magical substance in the context of HIV. The Well Project's Olivia G. Ford summarizes posters on the topic from CROI 2024.

While there has been progress, meaningfully including community members in the world's largest HIV research gathering remains a challenge. The Well Project's Bridgette Picou, LVN, ACLPN, reports from the ground at CROI 2024.

Bridgette Picou, LVN, ACLPN, stakeholder liaison for The Well Project, spoke with during the 2024 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) about her key takeaways from the conference.

I'm always happy to get the opportunity to attend a meeting or conference, so when I was approached with the opportunity to attend a conference virtually, I was happy to accept, especially one like the International Workshop on HIV and Women.


HIV cure research is a complex topic on many levels. The Well Project stakeholder liaison Bridgette Picou sums up her experience attending a meeting of passionate HIV cure advocates.

The Well Project community members were all over the US's largest HIV community meeting – presenting sessions, building community, doing some fierce organizing, and more.

Rep. Maxine Waters' speech at the U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS was powerful – and included some stigmatizing (and preventable) language concerns. The Well Project's stakeholder liaison, Bridgette Picou, shared her take on

At the US Conference on HIV/AIDS, a group of lifetime survivors of HIV took the stage to demand attention for their needs. Grissel Granados, The Well Project's deputy director, wrote about the moment's importance for

"Upon hearing the title, I expected to hear about some form of injection as a cure, similar to a vaccine. But I was quite mistaken."

"No one could ever understand the sentiment she was expressing through her words like someone else living with the virus in their blood. It makes us connected."


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