AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention - Advocates' Network Update
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June 7, 2011

Dear Advocates,

Today an international coalition of scientists and activists, of which AVAC is a member, launched a common platform for ending the AIDS epidemic and called on global stakeholders to add their names as signatories. Click here to read the statement and add your voice to the call for an evidence-driven strategy that dismantles false distinctions between treatment and prevention in order to end the AIDS epidemic.

The sign on statement—We Can End the AIDS Epidemic—is being launched as world leaders come together this week at the United Nations to recommit to the global AIDS response.

Consistent with a new investment framework from UNAIDS published last week in the Lancet, the statement calls for funding to be directed to evidence-based strategies with combination ART as a cornerstone of a set of proven strategies to prevent and treat HIV, including male and female condoms, male circumcision, prevention of vertical transmission, behavior change programs that target social norms as well as individual risk, and activities addressing key populations.

With this statement, scientists and civil society come together as they have at so many other critical points in the epidemic to point a way forward. What we are saying is simple: Putting more people on AIDS treatment will save lives and, at the same time, prevent new infections. It will build platforms for improving overall health in resource-poor settings. The world cannot turn away from this opportunity.

The initial group of signatories includes African Services Committee, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS United, amfAR, AVAC, ATHENA Network, Black AIDS Institute, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Fenway Health/The Fenway Institute, GIV, Health GAP, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, International Community of Women Living with HIV, International Rectal Microbicide Advocates, International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society, Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program, Partners In Health, Project Inform, Treatment Action Campaign, Treatment Action Group, and the Wits Institute for Reproductive Health and HIV, and more than two dozen leading the global AIDS researchers and advocates.

For more information on the background for the statement, please visit www.avac.org/treatmentasprevention and join us in adding your name to this critical call for action.

In solidarity,

Advocacy to accelerate ethical research and global delivery of AIDS vaccines and other HIV prevention options
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