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  • What happens when 71 advocates from 10 countries gather to survey the state of HIV prevention for the year to come? At the annual AVAC Partners’ Forum (December 4-6), the answer was: a high-energy conversation that just wouldn’t stop.

    For three days of plenary sessions and small group work, participants debated, strategized and prioritized—and energy was as high at the end of the final day as it was when the meeting kicked off with an overview presentation on the science of AIDS in Africa, by South African researcher Helen Rees.

    January 31, 2013
  • The following is excerpted from a longer piece by Mannasseh Phiri originally appearing in Zambia’s Sunday Post. Phiri is a long-time HIV prevention practitioner and advocate.

    If you have ever heard me make a presentation on HIV and AIDS in Zambia in the last 10 years, you will know that I always start with a picture of a magnificent specimen of a bull elephant standing in its majesty on the banks of the mighty Zambezi. As I show the picture I tell the story of how the African elephant in many ways behaves like HIV—quietly consuming a huge amount of resources.

    January 31, 2013
    Mannasseh Phiri
  • The GLAM Toolkit was launched at a side meeting of the AVAC Partners' Forum. GLAM (Global Lube Access Mobilization) is project of IRMA's Project ARM (Africa for Rectal Microbicides), and this new resource provides background on the status of lubricant access in Africa and strategies for civil society to secure sustainable supplies of safe, condom-compatible lube.

    January 31, 2013
    Lubricant, Microbicides
  • At the annual African regional meeting of the Microbicide Trial Network (MTN) in Cape Town, South Africa this past October, AVAC and many of our coalition partners led and contributed to discussions about key emerging issues in microbicides research. 2011 AVAC Fellow Brian Kanyemba led a civil society consultation providing feedback for an upcoming rectal microbicide trial being planned for several countries, including South Africa.

    December 31, 2012
  • 2012 AVAC Fellow Alice Kayongo played a leading role in developing a civil society report, “The Change We Need to End AIDS in Uganda”, which details concerns and recommendations for shaping the national AIDS response in Uganda. This report was presented at the Joint Annual Review (JAR) of the country’s five-year National Strategic Plan (NSP) for responding to HIV/AIDS, which was first launched about a year ago. The mid-October JAR meeting was an opportunity to review progress and gaps.

    November 30, 2012
  • Remember prevention is better than cure,
    Combination prevention will see us through
    To conquer this infection, it needs you;
    An AIDS free generation begins with you.

    November 30, 2012
  • In October, AVAC's Kevin Fisher and Deirdre Grant and a number of PxROAR program members descended on Las Vegas for the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). USCA is a US-focused conference that largely attracts front-line providers from AIDS service organizations.

    November 30, 2012
  • Energy was high at the “Call to Action for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision” session convened by AVAC, Champions for an HIV-Free Generation, PEPFAR, UNAIDS and the WHO. Leaders from across Africa emphasized the potential for VMMC to dramatically reduce infections and save significant treatment and care costs.

    August 31, 2012
  • AVAC and a broad array of AIDS vaccine partners convened an interactive session made up of a panel and Q&A session with researchers, funders and local advocates to discuss the latest in AIDS vaccine research and explore how AIDS vaccine research remains a critical and integral part of ending the epidemic.

    August 31, 2012
  • Just days before the start of the International AIDS Conference, the US Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of TDF/FTC for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This development has raised hopes, questions and concerns on many fronts. A session in the Global Village at AIDS 2012, "How can ARVs as prevention work for HIV-negative women?", looked specifically at women’s views on this potential new prevention tool.

    August 31, 2012