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July 19, 2012

Dear Advocates,

We look forward to seeing many of you soon in Washington, DC at the International AIDS Conference, which officially starts this Sunday. It is a jam-packed agenda with a wide range of sessions addressing how to begin to end the epidemic; next steps with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); maintaining momentum in research and development of additional prevention options; hormonal contraceptives and HIV risk—and many more topics of interest to advocates. This update highlights some key events, tells you where to find AVAC at the meeting, and reviews ways to follow the conference from near and far.


Please join AVAC and amfAR for “Getting Real About Getting to the End of AIDS”. This special satellite session will launch AVAC and amfAR’s new road map for tracking progress to ending the epidemic—to learn more visit—and feature a moderated discussion with leading researchers, advocates and policy makers. The session takes place on Monday, 23 July from 18:30 to 20:30. The session will be recorded and available online after the conference.


The AIDS 2012 conference program includes many satellites, special sessions, abstracts and workshops on a range of topics, including HIV prevention research and advocacy. AVAC, in partnership with the HIV Medicine Association and IDSA/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy, has compiled a road map of HIV prevention research and implementation-related events—download the AIDS 2012 HIV Prevention Research and Implementation Road Map (PDF and Excel versions available).


We encourage you to join us in the various Networking Zones at the Global Village for focused discussions on key topics such as PrEP, VMMC rollout, hormonal contracteptives and HIV risk and more—visit our AIDS 2012 page for the schedule.


If you are attending the conference, please visit us and a number of partner organizations at the Partners in Prevention Research booth (#367) in the Global Village and the AVAC booth (#70) in the Exhibition Hall for information and materials on HIV prevention research and implementation advocacy. AVAC and others will be providing updates via Facebook and Twitter (follow at #AIDS2012).


Regular updates available from a range of sources:

  • NAM is the official provider of online scientific news and will provide regular conference updates; sign up here
  • POZ is the official media partner for AIDS 2012; look for coverage here
  • Clinical Care Options, as the official media partner of the International AIDS Society, will provide data summaries aimed at clinicians looking to understand implications of new data for clinical practice

The online program for the conference will include including webcasts of select sessions produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. You can find a complete list on the AIDS 2012 website.

Click here for a list of global locations of conference hubs that will provide video links to sessions and networking with local colleagues.

And, as always, please send any questions or comments to


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