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  • On June 19-20 in Kigali, 15 civil society organizations (CSOs) completed a two-day training on HIV prevention with a focus on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The meeting was organized by 2013 AVAC Prevention Research Advocacy Fellow Josephine Kamarebe and her host organization, the Health Development Initiative.

    June 20, 2013
  • On June 18, AVAC, the Mail & Guardian’s Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism and CAPRISA held a media briefing on non-surgical devices for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC). This meeting helped contextualize the recent World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification of the PrePex device and took place in advance of the South African AIDS Conference (SAAIDS) in Durban, South Africa.

    June 18, 2013
  • AVAC hosted a two-day training "Rave" at its New York office in April. This annual workshop brings together US-based advocates from AVAC's PxROAR (Prevention Research Outreach Advocacy and Representation) program for an intensive update on the latest in the field of biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation, and provides a space for advocacy strategizing. This year's focus was on treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

    May 31, 2013
  • Each year on May 18, the global HIV/AIDS community commemorates HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD). This year, AVAC worked with civil society and research partners from across the globe on a number of community events to mark the date.

    May 18, 2013
  • PxROAR member Nichole Little talks about her recent work with PxROAR colleague Robert Newells.

    For years here in Oakland, CA, community health advocates have tried everything to get ahead of the curve on HIV transmission. When presented with a new tool, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), my fellow PxROAR member Robert Newells and I were eager to take advantage. To better understand how our community could implement PrEP we planned a series of local meetings on the subject.

    April 30, 2013
  • Last month, the AVAC Advocacy Fellowship 2012 Wrap-up & 2013 Orientation Workshop took place in Cape Town, South Africa. The three-day gathering provided an opportunity for the 2012 Fellows to present their projects, reflect on the program and discuss their future work as advocates. The 2013 Fellows and their host organization supervisors were oriented to the specifics of the program and discussed their proposed projects for their Fellowship year.

    April 30, 2013
    General
    AVAC
  • In January AVAC collaborated with the French AIDS organization Sidaction to host a meeting, Challenges of clinical trial design, degree of evidence and recommendations in the era of PrEP. The meeting provided a forum for local French researchers and advocates to discuss IPERGAY, the intermittent PrEP study currently underway with men who have sex with men in France. A number of international researchers, advocates and normative agencies were also on hand to broaden the discussion.

    April 30, 2013
  • IRMA, amfAR and AVAC are delighted to announce that IRMA Nigeria, in partnership with the International Center for Advocacy on the Right to Health, Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL), and an organization in Zambia (which requested to remain anonymous), have been awarded

    April 30, 2013
    Lubricant, Microbicides
  • 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
    General
  • 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

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