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  • Many of us, in the US and around the globe, continue to be moved, activated and concerned by the recent US election. In that spirit, this update highlights recent developments in biomedical prevention research. They serve as a great example for why a pro-science, pro-research, pro-stakeholder engagement agenda is a non-negotiable necessity, irrespective of politics and political parties.

    November 22, 2016
  • For the past 21 years, AVAC has advocated for a comprehensive, rights-based response to the HIV epidemic that respects the choices and the dignity of all people. In recent years, science, activism and political will have brought us within striking distance of ending HIV in our lifetime. The results of this week’s US election could imperil this progress.

    November 10, 2016
  • As part of our series of posts from HIVR4P 2016, Teresia Otieno writes of feeling hopeful after her recent time in Chicago. She sees the science continuing to advance and calls for advocates, service providers, governments and funders to implement new prevention options.

    November 2, 2016
    Teresia Otieno
  • As part of our series of posts from HIVR4P 2016, Maureen Luba counters policymakers in her home country of Malawi, arguing that women in her country are ready for PrEP.
    November 1, 2016
    Maureen Luba
  • In many cities and rural areas in Africa, PrEP is still a foreign idea instead of an exciting new approach that can save lives. This blog is the latest in our series of updates on PrEP advocacy in Africa. This month, we are in Zambia and our focus is on a coalition focused on key populations (those considered to be at high risk for HIV), and it just kicked off its advocacy work.

    November 1, 2016
    Micheal Ighodaro
  • “President Clinton should lay the foundation for ending the HIV/AIDS crisis by 2030,” says Jeffrey Sachs, expert on global economic development and provocateur. “Tell her to knock down drug prices in the US... raise a miniscule US$10 billion a year needed to double the global number of people on treatment... and support a systemized cadre of community health workers.”

    October 31, 2016
    Cindra Feuer
  • PLoS ONE released a special issue devoted entirely to the subject of voluntary medical male circumcision—one of the most effective biomedical prevention tools available today. This one-time procedure reduces men’s risk of acquiring HIV by up to 75 percent for life—and when sufficient numbers of men in a community have undergone the procedure, then women’s overall risk of acquiring HIV drops too. It’s an indispensable part of the effort to end epidemic levels of HIV.

    October 28, 2016
  • Rob Newells is an Associate Minister at the Imani Community Church in Oakland, California, and serves as Executive Director for AIDS Project of the East Bay—a community-based organization serving the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in Alameda County since 1983. In this post, he asks "where were all the African Americans" at HIV R4P."

    October 27, 2016
    Rob Newells
  • Greetings from the last official day of R4P 2016! It’s been a week of conversations, presentations, celebrations and—sometimes—consternation. At the end of any gathering of this dynamic, dedicated field, what becomes clear is that the treasures are not the words but the people. The friends, fighters, thought leaders who propel this work forward. For our final update from the final day of HIVR4P, we offer you a round-up of (inter)national treasures.

    October 21, 2016
  • In a baseball-obsessed town there was competition for TV viewers last night in Chicago as millions of people, including many conference-goers, watched the third and final debate between the two candidates vying to become the next US President. What do political campaigns and HIV prevention have in common? Read on for our (non-partisan) thoughts!

    October 20, 2016
    Deirdre Grant