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April 16, 2012

Dear Advocate,

We are excited to highlight news from two of AVAC’s vibrant programs: the PxROAR (Research, Outreach, Advocacy and Representation) program and the HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowship.

In April AVAC selected six new members for the cadre of US-based PxROAR members and launched a pilot PxROAR Europe program.

AVAC also released the mid-year edition of Spotlight, a bulletin chronicling AVAC’s HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowship. Spotlight is an excellent way to learn more about what Fellows do during their fellowship year and beyond. You can learn more about both of these programs and our other initiatives here.

The expansion of the US program brings the total number of US-based PxROAR members to 17. Launched in 2009, the PxROAR program provides research literacy and advocacy training, as well as peer-to-peer support for individual and group strategic plans focused on biomedical HIV prevention research. PxROAR members represent communities hard-hit by the epidemic in the US and their projects have ranged in activities. To read more about their individual projects, click here. The expansion of the program to the six new members is made possible in part by a Be the Generation Bridge Partnership grant from FHI 360 with funds from the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

AVAC launched its PxROAR Europe pilot program with partner organizations WECARe+, The German Sexuality and Health Foundation, NAM, Planeta Salud and the Migrant African MSM Sexual Health Group in Europe. Like PxROAR US, this exciting new initiative will seek to expand the capacity of members to engage in HIV prevention research science and advocacy; contribute to European advocacy for research, development and implementation of new HIV prevention tools domestically and in developing countries, including AIDS vaccines, microbicides, PrEP and treatment as prevention and voluntary medical male circumcision; track EMA licensing processes; and advocate for funding for European-based research through the EU’s Financial Framework 2014-2020 and Horizon 2020.

To learn more about PxROAR and meet the members of PxROAR US and PxROAR Europe, visit here. To find out more about ROARers in your locale and possible collaborations, contact AVAC at

Advocacy Fellows Spotlight
Also in April, AVAC released the mid-year edition of Spotlight, a biannual update on the HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowship. This AVAC program pairs emerging leaders in advocacy and activism in Africa with existing organizations to develop and execute creative, context-specific projects focused on HIV prevention research. Spotlight offers updates on Fellows’ past, ongoing and planned activities. It also tracks the program’s alumni and provides updates on where they are and their key milestones since completing their fellowships. Spotlight complements our broader partners’ bulletin, P-Values.

Highlights from this issue of Spotlight include:

  • Advocacy Fellows’ commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic
  • Profiles of the 2012 cadre of Advocacy Fellows
  • 2011 Advocacy Fellows’ milestones
  • Inaugural 2010 Advocacy Fellows and where they are

The Prevention Research Advocacy Fellowship and the PxROAR program are just two of AVAC’s partnership-based initiatives. All of our work depends on collaboration, shared strategic planning, debate, discussion and a robust sense that global solutions start with local action. We hope you’ll visit to learn more about the expanding network of organizations we are proud to work with.

As always, we welcome your comments.


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