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Never has HIV prevention research—including implementation—been more exciting, more complicated, or more fraught.

The Choice Agenda is a global forum for advocacy on the latest in HIV prevention research led by Jim Pickett. Join the monthly webinars and the highly active and moderated listserv to discover, discuss and debate the hottest HIV prevention research topics here, there, and all points between.

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With over 1500 advocates and counting, join the discussion and debate. Members are encouraged to share their opinions and concerns, and to reach out with suggestions about webinar content and speakers. Reach out to Jim at [email protected] to be added to the list.

    Upcoming Webinars

  • PrEP That Booty: The latest on rectal microbicide research for the back door
    Thursday, June 29 at 9:00 AM–10:30AM ET
    Featured Speakers: Jonathan Baker, PA, "Rectal Rockstar", Dr. Craig Hendrix, Johns Hopkins, Juan Michael Porter II, The Body, and Dr. Sharon Riddler, University of Pittsburgh
    Special drag performance:
    Eddie "Kelly" Wiley - Memphis, Tennessee

  • Tales from Two Cities: HIV and STI research highlights from Brisbane and Chicago
    Thursday, August 3 at 9:00 AM–10:30 AM ET
    Featured Speakers: Dr. Aniruddha Hazra, University of Chicago, Nyaradzo M. Mgodi, University of Zimbabwe, Roger Pebody, NAM,, Charlie Peterson, University of Illinois - Chicago

  • Previous Webinar Recordings and Materials

    • PrEP (In)equity: Documenting, measuring, and flipping the script towards justice
      Tuesday, May 9 at 9:00 AM–10:30AM ET
      Featured Speakers: Leisha McKinley-Beach, Black Public Health Academy, Michael Chancley, PrEP4All, and Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Emory
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • HIV Prevention Plus Plus: Developing options that meet the full range of our sexual and reproductive health needs
      Tuesday, April 25 at 9:00 AM–10:30AM ET
      Featured Speakers: Ruth Akulu, ICWEA and AVAC fellow Barbara Friedland, Population Council Gregorio Millet, amfAR Dr. Thesla Palanee-Phillips, Wits RHI Danielle Resar, Clinton Health Access Initiative Co-moderators: Wawira Nyagah, AVAC Kate Segal, AVAC
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • How to Communicate about Sexual Health and STIs: Sex positivity vs. risk-based language
      Thursday, April 20 at 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
      Speakers include Dr. Keosha T. Bond, CUNY School of Medicine, Dr. Joseph Cherabie, Washington University St. Louis, Mark Kaigwa, Nendo, and moderated by Alison Footman, AVAC. Webinar co-sponsored by the American Sexual Health Association.
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • Mpox - Sexual Networks, HIV and Activism
      Wednesday, March 29 at 9:30–11:00am ET
      Featured Speakers: Dr. Keletso Makofane, Harvard University, FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow, Dr. Chloe Orkin, Professor of HIV Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • Been There, Did That - Research Reflections from CROI 2023
      Thursday, March 23 at 10:00–11:30am ET
      Featured speakers include Dr. Monica Gandhi, UCSF and CROI 2023 Community Educator Scholars. Co-moderated by Devan Nambiar, Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance and CROI 2023 Community Educator Scholar.
      Recording / Dr. Monica Ghandi's Slides / Community Educator Slides
    • Margarita Breakfast Club Session 3: The Data Gap: Filling in the Missing Perspectives on Women and Children in HIV Research
      Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00–8:00am PT
      Moderator: Dawn Averitt, The Well Project, Women's Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS
      Speakers: Professor Lee Fairlie, WITS RHI, Imelda Mahaka, Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust, Jane Kabami, Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration Uganda
      To learn more about Margarita Breakfast Clubs, click here.
      Recording / Resources
    • Margarita Breakfast Club Session 2: Moving Forward: Upcoming Strategies on STI Prevention
      Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00–8:00am PT
      Moderator: Jim Pickett, AVAC
      Speakers: Dr. Jean-Michel Molina, University of Paris Cité, Jonathan Ayala, NMAC, CROI Community Educator Scholar
      To learn more about Margarita Breakfast Clubs, click here.
      Recording / Slides
    • Margarita Breakfast Club Session 1: Arrested Development: Discontinuation of the MOSAICO Trial, its Legacy and Expectations for HIV Vaccine Research
      Monday, February 20 at 7:00–8:00am PT
      Moderator: Ntando Yola, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
      Speakers: Dr. Susan Buchbinder, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group
      To learn more about Margarita Breakfast Clubs, click here.
      Recording / Slides
    • Decolonizing Global Public Health – What Will it Take to Dismantle Racism and White Supremacy?
      Thursday, February 16 at 9:00am ET / 2:00 pm GMT
      Moderator: John Meade, AVAC
      Featured speakers: Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, University of Global Health Equity; Tori Cooper, Human Rights Campaign; Tian Johnson, African Alliance; Dr. Peter Kilmarx, Fogarty International Center
      Recording / Slides / Resources / Audio Transcript
    • Ready, Set, CROI 2023 - Prepare for the 30th Year of CROI
      Monday, February 13, 2023
      Featured CROI Community Liaisons, CROI 2023 program co-chairs, IAS-USA, AVAC, The Choice Agenda, and other community partners and researchers and designed to help CROI registrants prepare for this exciting, intense and sometimes overwhelming meeting.
      Recording / Slides
    • Trans Inclusion: Charting HIV Research into the Future: A Manifesto and Scorecard for Advocates and Researchers
      Thursday, January 26, 2023
      Featured Leigh Ann van der Merwe — Founder and Director: Social, Health & Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa; Brian Minalga — AVAC consultant, Trans Inclusion Initiative; and Cindra Feuer — AVAC Senior Program Manager: Partnerships & Capacity Strengthening
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • More than Vessels: Pregnant people deserve inclusion in HIV prevention clinical and implementation research
      Wednesday, December 14, 2022
      Speakers included Dr. Elaine Abrams, Raniyah Copeland, Dr. Lisa Noguchi and Dr. Lynda Stranix-Chibanda. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Dvora Joseph Davey.
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • PEP Needs Some Pep! Addressing PEP Neglect in HIV Prevention Research, Programming and Uptake
      Thursday, November 3, 2022
      Featuring Dr. James Ayieko, Dr. Julie Fox, Dr. Ken Mayer, Dr, Catherine Koss, Njambi Njuguna and Ace Robinson
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • Doxycycline for STI prevention: Evidence and Current Research
      Friday, October 7, 2022
      Featuring Dr. Connie Celum, Jennifer Mahn, Dr. Victor Omollo, Rodney Perkins and Dr. Jenell Stewart
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • RINGing the Bell for Choice: Actions and Solutions on Dapivirine Ring Access
      Thursday, September 22, 2022
      Featuring Leonard Solai, Yvette Raphael, Shakira Namwanje, Natasha Mwila, Chris Obermeyer and Erica Gollub
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • CROI and Community and YOU – Preparing for CROI 2023
      Wednesday, September 7, 2022
      Featuring Drs. James Hoxie, Diane Havlir and Landon Myer
      Recording / Slides
    • Faster, Smarter and More Equitable – Accelerating Roll Out and Uptake of CAB for PrEP
      Monday, August 8, 2022
      Featuring Rachel Baggaley, Caroline Carnevale, Monica Gandhi and Mitchell Warren
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • The Research Says Yes, YES, YES - Just Like That
      Wednesday, July 13, 2022
      Featuring Anne Philpott, Joao Alves, and Christine Curley
      Recording / Slides / Resources
    • Efficacy is Not the Only HIV Prevention Attribute that Matters - Lessons from Contraception
      Wednesday, June 15, 2022
      With Dominika Seidman, University of California San Francisco
      Recording / Slides / Resources

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