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Voices from the Field: New on

May 21, 2015

Dear Advocate,
Check out several new blog and opinion pieces from AVAC and partners at!
Read a personal perspective on xenophobic violence in South Africa, hope for progress toward an AIDS vaccine, a strong argument that proposed cuts research funding could come at the exact wrong time and an advocate pushing for PrEP in his home country.
Find links below and visit the continuously updated for much more.

Africa, Why? — South African advocate, Yvette Raphael, shares a personal story with her insights on the xenophobic attacks in South Africa and acts of violence and abuse recently seen in different parts of Africa.
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day — A number of AVAC partners published opinion pieces around HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2015. The pieces highlight the positive developments in the search for an AIDS vaccine and the need for continued focus over the long haul.
Government Should Give Guidance on Drugs that Prevent HIV — Ugandan civil society is pushing to ensure PrEP access. Charles Brown, a PrEP advocate at the Infectious Diseases Institute, makes his case in the New Vision.
Choosing the Worst Time to Scale Back AIDS Research — First appearing in The Hill, AVAC’s Executive Director Mitchell Warren worries about a call in the US Congress to scale back AIDS research funding. Sustained financial support remains crucial if the US PEPFAR program goal of “an AIDS-free generation” is more than just rhetoric.

Prevention on the Line Webinar Series — In April and May, AVAC's year-long series of web-based dialogues focused on HIV prevention research and implementation continued with webinars on advances in AIDS vaccine research and passive immunization. Click for details on the full series.


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