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April 4, 2012

Dear Advocate,

AVAC is pleased today to launch the Research Literacy Database at avac.org/resources, an important new resource for the biomedical HIV prevention field.

The Research Literacy Database is the first central portal for educational resources on biomedical HIV prevention including:

  • Global and country-specific materials;
  • Resources specific to given prevention interventions including AIDS vaccines, ARV-based prevention and voluntary medical male circumcision; and
  • General information on clinical trials and the research process.

The tools featured in the database were developed by a range of stakeholders worldwide to meet specific needs. We will continue to expand the database and encourage our users to share their favorite materials on an ongoing basis. The database focuses on materials that won’t necessarily change substantially over time; for trial updates, timelines, recent results and their implications and current issues, please see other areas of the AVAC website.

Using an innovative design, the database allows users to search for what they need based on key criteria. For example, a journalist in South Africa who wants to learn more about the basics of microbicide research can use the database to find relevant fact sheets, e-learning courses and other helpful tools. Research organization staff members who need tools for training and outreach to wider audiences can use the database to get a tailored toolkit according to location, audience and specific content.

We all know that the science behind HIV prevention research is challenging. AVAC believes that building basic research literacy among key stakeholders is fundamental to effective advocacy, to moving research forward as quickly and ethically as possible, and ultimately to getting new prevention options to people who need them. Whether you are a researcher, advocate, journalist, policy maker or someone interested in learning more about clinical trials and new ways to prevent HIV, we hope this database will make learning and outreach efforts easier and more effective.

The database is an iterative tool, and will be constantly updated with new materials and other user input. We need your help in ensuring that useful materials are available and used! Please contact us at researchliteracy@avac.org with any and all feedback you have as you use the database—and we are especially keen to receive additional relevant resources to be shared with the field.

We look forward to hearing from you,
AVAC


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