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February 6, 2014

Dear Advocate,

AVAC is pleased to announce Research & Reality, a year-long dialogue about prevention research and advocacy that will take place via teleconference and webinar—with the kick-off later this month. We hope you’ll register for the first webinar and also join us as the conversation unfolds throughout 2014.

We’ve designed the series to provide information and debate about key topics. Some of these are clear priorities, while others will undoubtedly emerge as data and country-level progress take us in new directions. For an idea of the issues we’re tracking in 2014, see our advocacy timeline and join the first webinar: What to expect in 2014—where should prevention advocates put their energy?

We’re hoping this will be an open conversation—we’ll propose some of the key priorities AVAC has identified, many of which are outlined in AVAC Report 2013. On this initial call, we’ll preview some of the issues that we’ll explore in depth over the course of the year. These include:

  • Moving beyond the piecemeal search for a niche for PrEP in Africa
  • The shifting deadlines for AIDS vaccine trials—and why they matter to everyone
  • The prevention agenda for treatment as prevention
  • Refocusing the women’s HIV prevention research agenda
  • Why donors, family planning and HIV advocates can’t agree on the best way to find out whether hormonal contraceptives impact risk of HIV
  • ...and more

What to expect in 2014—where should prevention advocates put their energy?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 10am Eastern
(visit for the time in your area)

Click to register.

We also want to hear your ideas, opinions and questions to help shape the conversation. Please join us for this call and also email us at with questions, comments and suggestions.

For more information on the series, AVAC’s 2014 advocacy timeline, links to register for upcoming webinars and archives of past calls, please visit

Let’s get the conversation started!


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