International AIDS Society

Conference Embargo Policy

As with most scientific/medical conferences, all IAS 2015 scientific abstracts are released to delegates and media under a strict embargo policy. A detailed description of the embargo policy is available below. All regular delegates, presenters and media are urged to respect this policy.
  • Oral Abstracts
    Information about the oral abstracts may not be published or presented before the start of the session in which the abstract is presented, with the exception of oral abstracts included in an official IAS 2015 press conference. The embargo on those abstracts lifts at the start time of the press conference in which the oral abstract is featured or the start time of the scientific session in which the abstract is presented – whichever is earlier.
  • Oral Poster Discussion Abstracts and Poster Exhibition Abstracts
    Information about the oral poster discussion and poster exhibition abstracts may not be published or presented before 10:00 (PDT – Pacific Daylight Time) on Friday, 17 July 2015.

Embargo Breaks for Presenters

A committee will analyze potential cases of embargo break by presenters. These will be studied on a case by case basis and as an ultimate consequence it could lead to the abstract being withdrawn from the conference. 

Authors may publish the fact that their abstract has been selected for inclusion in the IAS 2015 programme, but may not publish the results of the study before the lifting of the embargo (as detailed above). 

If you have any questions, please contact the IAS 2015 programme team at .

Embargo Breaks for Media Reporters

As well as having access to the materials detailed above, the media may also be given prior access to the speakers' slides. However, access is only granted to media onsite at the conference and the same embargo policy detailed above for scientific abstracts also applies to the content of speakers’ slides. 

Breaking of the embargo policy by a reporter will lead to one or more of the following measures:
  • Immediate suspension of the reporter's media conference credentials
  • Immediate barring of the reporter from the meeting premises
  • Removal of the reporter's name from the IAS Media Distribution List for two years
  • No access to the next International AIDS Conference and IAS Conference

Any embargo policy breaches by media will be brought to the attention of the Media Embargo Committee. If you have questions, please contact the IAS 2015 communications team at  .