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  • This post was written by Yvette Raphael in South Africa a few days following the announcement of the FACTS 001 microbicide gel trial results. Yvette is a 2014 AVAC Fellow working at Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa. She is a leader in South Africa’s HIV prevention movement for young women.

    March 17, 2015
    Yvette Raphael
  • In December 2009, the trial known as MDP 301 released results that the microbicide gel known as PRO 2000 had not shown efficacy among women in Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. These results were not unique as many efficacy trials in HIV prevention and in other arenas have shown flat results, or at times even increased risk. However, what happened after the released results was unique. Blogs and online media framed the trial as “exploitation”, resulting in skepticism about future HIV microbicide trials. Six years later, the effects of that misleading reporting can still be felt.

    March 16, 2015
  • AVAC is putting together a year-long series of web-based dialogues focused on HIV prevention research and implementation. Slides, audio and animations from the first set of webinars are available here. And stay tuned for details on future webinars.
    March 12, 2015
  • When I heard the FACTS results—I was sad. But microbicide researchers and advocates don't tend to linger at the pity party. We're not giving up. FACTS hurt us but it didn't break us. We all have work to do—and we're getting on with it.
    March 10, 2015
    Jim Pickett
  • The US FDA approved oral PrEP. The US CDC issued guidelines for its use. PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV equally in men and women with a protection rate up to 96 percent. Yet three years later, PrEP-centric media campaigns and clinical prescriptions continue to primarily target men who have sex with men.
    March 10, 2015
    Anna Forbes
    Manju Chatani
    Dázon Dixon Diallo
  • The CUREiculum is a suite of tools that provides simple, accessible information on HIV cure research. As part of the effort to increase research literacy around cure, the CUREiculum team will be presenting a webinar series that focus on issue-specific topics crucial to understanding the research landscape.
    March 9, 2015
  • AVAC is pleased to announce the inaugural group of Certified GPP Implementers! In October 2014, AVAC launched the innovative GPP Online Training Course. The following individuals have successfully completed all course requirements and have received a GPP Online Training Certificate as recognition of their achievement.
    March 5, 2015
  • Targets, goalposts and milestones are what give meaning and inspiration to the incredible work that the AIDS community is engaged in each day. To work without targets is to play tennis without a net.
    March 4, 2015
  • AVAC is pleased to announce a series of three webinars that will provide advocates with the chance to hear and discuss data—released at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)—in dialogue with researchers and other stakeholders.
    March 4, 2015
  • John Curry, peer educator working on HIV outreach services for Unconditional Love, Inc. reflects on his experience and what he learned attending CROI 2015.
    March 3, 2015
    John Curry