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November 27, 2013

Dear Advocate,

This update includes information on the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2013) which takes place 7-11 December in Cape Town, South Africa. Featured below are details on select events related to biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation as well as how to follow the conference from afar.

Visit the ICASA 2013 page on the AVAC website.

The 17th ICASA conference theme is Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero. This year’s ICASA is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa. This biennial event serves as an advocacy platform to engage African leadership and community to increase ownership and commitment to the AIDS response and mobilize support for the scale-up of evidence-based interventions.

AVAC and many of our partners will be participating in and presenting at the conference. There are several ways you can link to HIV prevention research and rollout-related events—both in-person and from afar:

  • ICASA 2013 HIV Prevention Research Roadmap: There is a wide range of sessions planned for the conference (full program available here), and we have pulled together a roadmap of select sessions that may be of interest to those tracking biomedical prevention research and rollout—please check them out on our ICASA 2013 page. Please let us know of any other related events that should be added to the roadmap.
  • Pre-conference Session: Making Sense of Science: Civil Society Engaging the Scientific Community for Research, co-hosted by World AIDS Campaign, the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), and Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria, in collaboration with AVAC and IAVI, will take place on Friday, 6 December from 0830 to 1530 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in meeting room 2.6. Please check out the flyer for more information and contact Rosemary Mburu to indicate your interest.
  • WNZ@ICASA: AVAC is excited to partner with many African partners to co-host the Women’s Networking Zone (WNZ) at ICASA. Please check out the roadmap for specific events of interest and please visit the zone for opportunities to engage and dialogue with women’s organizations across Africa.
  • ICASA on Social Media: Follow the conference in real-time on social media by following us on Twitter (@hivpxresearch) and the official conference hashtag #ICASA2013.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Cape Town.


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