Public workshop: STIs and HIV in the Asia Pacific Region - Challenges and Opportunities


The workshop will include talks from academics and professionals from both China and Australia on key aspects of regional HIV and STI prevention and control. This includes current and potential risks, discussion around key populations, as well as on capacity strengthening in the region.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet professionals working in the area of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health.

We welcome participants from all backgrounds, including academic research, clinical medicine, epidemiology, microbiology and public health as well as students interested in pursuing postgraduate study in the HIV/STI field.

For more information please contact:

Mrs. Rachel Heng (University of Sydney)
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +612 9762 5383

Ms. Tina Yin (XJTLU)
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +86 512 8188 8319

Speakers include

Topic: Antimicrobial Resistant Gonorrhoea in the Asia Pacific Region: The Importance of Key Populations
Professor David Lewis has worked in the field of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a variety of clinical, microbiological and public health roles for 25 years. He is currently Director and Research Lead at Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre as well as Conjoint Professor at the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and Sydney Medical School- Westmead at the University of Sydney. Professor Lewis’ STI/HIV research interests focus on antimicrobial resistance, genital ulceration, surveillance, diagnostics, and biomedical HIV prevention strategies.

Topic: The Current State of HIV and STIs in China with a focus on epidemiological overview of syphilis
Dr Xiangsheng Chen is Professor of STD epidemiology and the Vice Director of the National Centre for STD Control at the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. During the last 2 decades he has had a significant contribution to the development and implementation of national programmes for the prevention and control of STDs. He also worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the Headquarters, Regional and Country Office as as short-term consultant. Dr Chen currently acts as a member the WHO Expert Advisory Panel for Prevention and Control of STIs to provide technical consultation and support to development of international guidelines and global programme.

Topic: Capacity Building in STIs & HIV in the Asia Pacific Region
Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Academic at Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Medical School - Westmead. He is also the Leader of Education at the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity at the University of Sydney. Dr Sawleshwarkar’s research interests include exploring the management of HIV and STIs in primary care, studies of HIV non-B subtypes, and of STIs and HIV in culturally and linguisticallly diverse populations. He has helped to develop the Australian Molecular Epidemiology Network-HIV (AMEN-HIV), a national network of hospitals and reference laboratories that will gather data to study HIV subtype diversity in Australia.