I attended my first AIDS Conference in 2014 when Melbourne was given the honour of hosting the conference. I was a PGY2 resident in Canberra Hospital completing an Emergency term and had used my educational leave to volunteer at the conference. Excited about going to Melbourne, I honestly didn't know much about the conference.
I was enthralled by the palpable excitement and energy of the conference. There was a collective enthusiasm from the thousands of delegates attending from areas of human-rights advocacy, different communities affected by HIV, researchers and clinicians sharing their knowledge and experience in supporting those living with HIV and working together to end HIV and AIDS. It led me to understand the global impact of HIV and AIDS and I left wanting to learn more about HIV medicine. I quickly signed up for an ASHM s100 HIV prescriber course that same year.