Media Center

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Media Program and Policies

HIVR4P operates a robust media program designed to encourage informed global media coverage of the latest HIV prevention research developments presented at the conference. More than 50 journalists representing print, broadcast and online media outlets from around the world attended and reported on HIVR4P 2016, with many more covering the proceedings from afar.

The conference media program includes daily press conferences on the program’s scientific highlights, meet-the-expert sessions and a fully operational media center for journalists.

Media Registration

Qualified journalists who are either employed by or on assignment to a recognized consumer, professional medical, scientific or HIV community media outlet may apply for media accreditation to HIVR4P 2018. Media accreditation includes complementary admission to the conference sessions as well as to journalist-specific events such as press conferences and meet-the-expert sessions, use of the HIVR4P media center and the opportunity to book accommodations at the conference hotel at the discounted participant rate.

The conference will consider applications from a maximum of two qualified reporters per media outlet. Additional access may be made available for video or audio crews supporting registered journalists, if space permits.

Media accreditation will not be provided to representatives of medical marketing companies; investment publications; representatives of non-media (e.g., sales, marketing, or advertising) departments or entities; university or research newsletters; outlets or individuals sponsored by non-media commercial enterprises; or personal blogs. Media accreditation is reserved to working journalists, and is granted at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Journalists seeking media accreditation to HIVR4P 2018 should provide full contact information (name, phone, email), the name of the media outlet or outlets they will represent at the conference, two recent bylined clips or links to broadcast stories, and either proof of employment or a letter of assignment to the HIVR4P 2018 Media Manager, Mark Aurigemma, at

Journalists are encouraged to apply for media accreditation in advance of the conference. On-site media registration will only be available if space permits.

Journalist Fellowships

HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P 2018) will provide fellowships to attend and cover the conference to approximately 25 journalists from around the world. The journalist fellowship program is designed to help build journalist capacity to report on biomedical HIV prevention, and to generate high-profile media coverage of advances and challenges in prevention research, especially in communities that are heavily impacted by the epidemic. 

The journalist fellowship program began at the 2009 AIDS Vaccine program and has become a central part of the global effort to encourage informed, high-quality media coverage of HIV and support the journalists and news organizations that make that reporting possible.

HIVR4P 2018 journalist fellows will receive conference registration, air transportation to and from Madrid, accommodation, most meals and a small per diem. As part of the fellowship, journalists will participate in a two-day, onsite workshop with leaders in various fields of biomedical prevention research, designed to help them better understand and report on research developments from the conference. 

This opportunity is highly selective. Successful candidates will have a track record of quality reporting on HIV/AIDS issues, the support of their media outlet to attend and report on the conference and strong English language skills. Priority will be given to journalists reporting in countries that are conducting HIV prevention research.

For more information and an application form, click here.


All research presented at HIVR4P 2018 is embargoed until the conclusion of the study’s presentation at the conference. Embargoes apply to all forms of dissemination of research news, including press releases, published media interviews and social media dissemination. All HIVR4P participants, including research sponsors, presenters and attendees, are required to follow the conference embargo policy.

Please direct any inquiries about the HIVR4P 2018 media program and embargo policy to Mark Aurigemma at

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