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  • AVAC is pleased to announce the call for 2015 Advocacy Fellowship applications for the sixth year of the Advocacy Fellowship Program. The submission deadline for the Advocacy Fellowship applications is Monday, 4 August 2014. Download application materials at

    May 29, 2014
  • Welcome to AVAC’s new website; we hope you come in and take a look around! We’re delighted to debut a completely revamped site that contains all of the high-quality materials and updates you may be familiar with—along with new features that we hope are user-friendly, informative and even fun! 

    May 27, 2014
  • For the past two decades, the HIV prevention research field has been on the hunt for options that women can use to reduce their risk of HIV, Up until recently, there have been few options other than the female condom. But in the past few years, a range of trial results have given new insights into strategies that could change the lives of women and men around the world.

    May 27, 2014
  • Each year on May 18th, HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), we recognize and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, advocates, policy makers and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective AIDS vaccine. HVAD is a reminder that vaccine research is rarely linear, often unpredictable and always an essential component of a comprehensive response to the epidemic. It is also often a reminder that awareness of the next steps for vaccine development is limited, and HVAD is an annual opportunity to raise awareness.

    May 19, 2014
  • AVAC’s HVAD Toolkit includes a new set of infographics on the current state of the field, a set of fact sheets and other tools to help explain vaccine science in simple language.

    May 18, 2014
  • The guidelines, the first national guidelines for PrEP use, provide instructions for health providers about providing daily TDF/FTC as PrEP for individuals at “substantial risk for HIV infection”; visit PrEP Watch to learn more about the guidelines, download materials and more.

    May 14, 2014
  • From AVAC’s Research & Reality webinar series, this recent webinar focused on essential questions about what recent trials do—and do not—tell us about whether women will want or use prevention tools including microbicide gels, rings and oral tenofovir-based PrEP.

    Download the recording and slides here.

    April 17, 2014
  • Over the past few years, the pace of scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention has finally begun to acclerate around Africa. Many different stakeholders have worked to make this happen—service providers, community educators, wives and mothers, and the millions of men who have stepped up to undergo this simple procedure, which reduces the risk of HIV infection by roughly 70 percent, for life.

    April 16, 2014
  • From February 11-13 more than 80 advocates from throughout sub-Saharan Africa gathered in Harare, Zimbabwe, for AVAC’s Advocacy Partners’ Forum, an annual event to take stock of recent developments in HIV prevention research and implementation and to develop a strategy for the coming year.

    April 1, 2014
  • The following piece is adapted from a presentation given at the AVAC Partners’ Forum by Mannasseh Phiri, a columnist for Zambia’s Sunday Post and long-time HIV prevention advocate.

    Several things really! First, at least one night every week I’m awake thinking which 1,000 words to write in my HIV/AIDS weekly newspaper column—before my deadline.

    April 1, 2014
    Mannasseh Phiri