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  • What's the best way to deal with the uncertainty regarding the use of hormonal contraceptives and women's risk of acquiring HIV? As AVAC and our allies have said for years, it's to tell women the truth—what's known and unknown—in the context of programs that offer multiple contraceptive methods and male and female condoms.

    November 12, 2015
  • In the new issue of Px Wire, we decipher the strengths and limitations of the multiple recent developments impacting HIV prevention: new PEPFAR targets, new UNAIDS targets, new guidelines on ART and PrEP from the WHO and new Sustainable Development Goals. What does each development mean, and how do advocates tailor their advocacy accordingly?

    November 10, 2015
  • South African HIV prevention activist and member of the Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group—a small, global group of advocates specifically focused on the HIV vaccine research field—Tian Johnson writes about his participation in the recent HVTN Conference in Cape Town, his hope for a vaccine and the necessity of advocates’ involvement in the search.
    November 6, 2015
    Tian Johnson
  • A new study, published in PLoS One by Jhpiego and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on the role of women in uptake of VMMC in the Njombe and Tabora regions of Tanzania, has revealed that women there are playing a significant role in influencing males in uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention.

    October 28, 2015
  • Having recently held a regional dialogue focusing on the roll out of PrEP, PrEPARING ASIA: A new direction for HIV prevention among MSM in Asia, APCOM has released a number of short educational videos regarding PrEP. The videos are designed to give people a greater understanding of PrEP from the experience of users, community advocates and experts.

    October 26, 2015
  • Zimbabwean advocate Paul Sixpence's opinion piece, Truvada as PrEP: A new HIV prevention option on the table for Zimbabwe? was published in The Zimbabwe Chronicle. Given scientific evidence that PrEP works, he calls for PrEP rollout for young women, sex workers and serodiscordant couples in Zimbabwe. Paul's work centers on the use of media as an advocacy tool to push for policy support around new HIV prevention science.

    October 21, 2015
    Paul Sixpence
  • Kenyan advocate Carolyn Njoroge published an opinion piece, Pre-exposure prophylaxis in Kenya, can it be real?, calling for immediate action on PrEP as an HIV prevention option for individuals at high risk of HIV infection. An openly HIV positive activist and sex worker herself, Carolyn lauds the Kenyan government for including PrEP in its roadmap to an HIV-free Kenya by 2030 but challenges them, and other governments, to talk less and act more.

    October 7, 2015
    Carolyn Njoroge
  • Uganda has made tremendous progress in its VMMC scale-up over the past two years, with over 1.7 million men were circumcised in 2013 and 2014 alone. Dr. Barbara Nanteza, Coordinator of the National Safe Male Circumcision program, speaks with the VMMC Truth-tellers Initiative about leadership, collaboration with the Ministry of Health and implementing partners, the unmet need for sustainable funding, best practices and loving her work.

    October 2, 2015
  • WHO today issued an “Early Release Guideline” on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. This document recommends 1) initiation of ART in adults living with HIV, regardless of CD4 cell count, and 2) offer of PrEP as a prevention option to all people at substantial risk of acquiring HIV. If implemented, these sweeping recommendations have the potential to change the world by simplifying ART for people living with HIV and revolutionizing prevention for people at risk.
    September 30, 2015
  • On September 27-29, AVAC, IAVI and the TB Alliance gathered together in South Africa for the first ever combined community engagement forum. This forum allowed implementers from HIV and TB to address the strengths and weakness of participatory practices and plan next steps to make engagement work more robust.

    September 30, 2015
    Stacey Hannah
    Jessica Handibode