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Partners in Action at the 2015 AVAC Advocacy Forum

April 2, 2015

Dear Advocates,

This year—AVAC’s 20th—is off to a blazing start. It’s hard to believe that the first quarter is already over! 

In the first three months of this year alone, we’ve had exciting research results and disappointments as well. We’ve sounded alarms about limited funding for the global AIDS response and strategized about what it will really take to begin to end AIDS. 

From March 24 to 26, we gathered for AVAC’s 5th annual Advocacy Partners’ Forum with 90+ advocates, largely from sub-Saharan Africa, to strategize, share information and debate the issues that keep us awake at night and fighting for justice during the day. This year, these include: 
The meeting is small relative to the number of advocates and activists needed to catalyze change on these and other issues. We’re working with partners to develop strategic campaigns to amplify a number of issues raised at the meeting—and you can delve into the presentations from the meeting here

Even better, in the days and weeks to come, P-Values—AVAC’s blog—will include a series of vibrant first-hand reflections from participants about their work and thoughts from the meeting. We hope you’ll bookmark the blog, reach out directly to authors who pique your interest and above all join the growing, unstoppable movement calling for a prevention revolution that can decisively end AIDS. 

The meeting and our collective work for the next weeks and months is informed by the analysis in our recently released AVAC Report – Prevention on the Line. The full document and all of the graphics from it are available online at www.avac.org/report2014-15. And to get a sense of what to expect in 2015, we hope you’ll check out the current issue of Px Wire, our quarterly update covering the latest in the field of biomedical HIV prevention research, implementation and advocacy. The centerspread in this issue provides a timeline for “The Year Ahead in Biomedical HIV Prevention Research”.

Read, talk back, let us know what you’re working on, and let’s keep going with renewed energy in 2015! 

Best,
AVAC
 

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