This is a meeting report from a one-day technical consultation on HIV linkage that the International AIDS Society (IAS) convened in Seattle, USA, on 3 March 2019. The consultation brought together more than 50 representatives from global normative agencies, funders, research and academic institutions, implementing partners and ministries of health to highlight the importance of linkage in reaching the global targets for HIV and discuss how to prioritize specific linkage interventions to address key gaps.