Welcome Letter

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it gives us great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2017 STI & HIV World Congress to be held July 9 -12, at the Windsor Convention & Expo Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This Congress represents the biennial joint meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) and the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI), in partnership with our local organizer, the Brazilian Society of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (BSSTD-Rio de Janeiro). This meeting is unique: it brings together the most prominent researchers in the field of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, to present new work, hear the latest interpretations of new data from world experts, and discuss the implications of these findings for health policy and delivery of patient care. Our last meeting, in Brisbane, Australia, gathered nearly 1,000 people to hear the latest on these critical issues.

Of course, this years conference will be held in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a city that recently welcomed the world to the Olympics. Our local organizing committee has been hard at work ensuring that your time here will go beyond the scientific experience you have come to expect from ISSTDR-IUSTI joint meetings.  Join us to interact with colleagues from many different countries. We hope you will let the atmosphere of this beautiful city stimulate a creative exchange of ideas, which will in turn provide you with a unique conference experience!

We look forward to welcoming you to Rio de Janeiro in July.


Mauro Romero Leal PassosSTI&HIV World Congress – Rio 2017, Chair
MD, PhD, Full Professor
STD Sector, Universidade Federal Fluminense
Brazilian Society of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, President

Jeanne MarrazzoMD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA Professor & Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Alabama at Birmingham
International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research, President

David A. LewisFRCP(UK) FAChSHM PhD
Director and Research Lead, Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre
Professor, Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity,
Sydney Medical School – Westmead, University of Sydney
International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections, President