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May 9, 2012

Dear Advocate,

This update introduces some of the resources that AVAC is developing in advance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), an annual observance that takes place on May 18. This update also includes details on a global advocates' webinar—HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: Priorities for AIDS vaccine science and advocacy in 2012 and beyond—scheduled for 10am EDT on Friday, May 18.

Please join AVAC, fellow advocates and leaders in the AIDS vaccine field for a special HVAD webinar that will include an update on the state of the science, as well as time to discuss advocacy priorities for 2012. The one-hour webinar will begin at 10am ET on Friday, May 18 (visit for the time in your area).

Register here.

We are also developing new tools for explaining the state of the AIDS vaccine field in simple language—and will be adding new materials to our AIDS vaccine resource page ( throughout the week. Some of the tools currently available include:

Over the course of the next week, we’ll be adding new tools including:

  • “AIDS Vaccine Science for Busy Advocates” – One-page reviews of highlights, next steps and key terms for three pivotal topics:
    1. HVTN 505 – the ongoing efficacy trial in the United States
    2. RV144 – the first AIDS vaccine clinical trial to show evidence of protection
    3. Antibodies – gaining ground on a critical immune response
  • AIDS Vaccine Buzz Groups – A participatory training exercise using the “AIDS Vaccines for Busy Advocates” fact sheets to bring the content to life
  • AIDS Vaccine Talking Points – A one-page guide to pressing advocacy issues
  • Resource tracking slide set – Key data on AIDS vaccine funding trends by source, area of research and other metrics

If you need a resource for a specific audience, please visit our Research Literacy Database, which has a customizable search function—and of course let us know if there’s a key question or update you’re particularly interested in.

As always, please be in touch if you have any questions, and we look forward to speaking with many of you during next week's webinar!


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