LET’S SYNC UP MAY 29–31, 2024

Submit a SYNC Abstract

SYNChronize your best practices and research by submitting an abstract for SYNChronicity (SYNC) 2024, the national conference for HIV, HCV, STIs, Harm Reduction, and LGBTQ Health. Showcase your work at this dynamic and distinct conference featuring a diverse and expansive healthcare and public health audience.

SYNC 2024 will focus on SYNCing to end the epidemics by driving discussion and strategy development around the innovation and implementation necessary to make an impact. Your participation and organizational representation at SYNC 2024 are crucial to the conversation and your abstracts are vital to informing the conference agenda.


We invite abstract submissions from the following disciplines: 

  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Treatment
  • Hepatitis C
  • STIs
  • Harm Reduction
  • LGBTQ Health

We are especially interested in receiving abstracts that explore the intersection of two or more of these topics/disciplines and their impact on health equity and minority and underserved communities, as well as approaches that SYNChronize efforts to address this impact. Abstracts can highlight education, programs, practice innovations, policy, or research.

The SYNC approach to abstracts is a forward-thinking strategy that promotes a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of health, helping to break down traditional silos in healthcare research and policy-making. It facilitates the development of multifaceted strategies to tackle the syndemics of health challenges diverse populations face.

Following are examples of how abstract submissions can SYNC two or more topics in their preparation:

  • Prioritizing the Health of MSM of Color: Extra-genital STI Screening Call to Action 
    Topic Areas: MSM, STI, HIV Preventive Health, Minority/Underserved Communities
  • Preventing Hepatitis C in People who Inject Drugs
    Topic Areas: HCV, Harm Reduction, Opioid/Substance Use


Abstract authors must indicate a preference for one of the following formats. Accommodating different learning and teaching styles, abstracts can be submitted in the following formats:

  • 20-Minute Presentation (as part of a 75-minute concurrent track session with other abstract authors)
  • 75-Minute Presentation (as a full 75-minute track session)
  • Poster Presentation
  • 30 to 60-Minute Podcast Episode

20-Minute Presentation
A 20-minute oral presentation as part of a 75-minute concurrent track session that describes a research project, program, best practices, innovative tool, and/or approach to a topic. Individual submissions will be grouped with others that reflect a common topic/theme. Presenters submitting for this type of session may include slide presentations, brief videos, group exercises, and/or focused discussions on a topic. Creative formats outside of traditional lecture/Q&A patterns are encouraged.
Presenter Maximum: One (1)

75-Minute Presentation
A 75-minute presentation provides an in-depth exploration of a program innovation, emerging issue, clinical challenge, or findings from a research project or quality improvement initiative.  Presentations may include slide presentations, group exercises, and clinical case studies. Creative formats outside of traditional lecture/Q&A patterns are encouraged. A 75–minute oral presentation is generally comprised of up to two speakers and a moderator. 
Presenter Maximum: Two (2)

Poster Presentation
Posters offer a succinct view of program and practices, policy issues, or research analysis. Posters will remain available for viewing throughout the conference, if possible. Presenters should be with their posters during their scheduled viewings. Specific guidelines for printing the poster will be provided upon acceptance.
Presenter Maximum: Two (2)

Podcast Episode
A podcast episode would be a 30 to 60-minute digital audio or video program, available for streaming or download. A proposed podcast can include discussions, interviews, storytelling, educational content, news, entertainment, and more related to HIV, HCV, STIs, harm reduction and/or LGBTQ health. The author would be responsible for content recording and submission.
Presenter Maximum: Two (2)

Abstract authors must indicate a preference for one of the formats above. Conference organizers will determine the final composition of each session.

Submission Timeline

  • Call for Abstracts Announced: November 8, 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2024
    • Notify authors by March 1, 2024
    • Authors commit no later than March 15, 2024
  • Late-Breaker Abstract Submissions: April 1 – 5, 2024 (If there is still room on the agenda)

Show Your Work

Submit your work to be highlighted at this dynamic conference and share this opportunity with your colleagues. Abstract submissions can be a description of work in progress with anticipated outcomes and final data presented in May. You do not have to submit a fully completed project. Abstracts syncing original research, innovative projects, and/or novel programs related to HIV, HCV, STIs, harm reduction, and LGBTQ health will be considered for presentation at SYNChronicity 2024.