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AVAC Report Finds That World is Already Falling Behind Pace to End AIDS Epidemic; Five Essential Actions Needed in 2013 to Avoid Historic Missed Opportunity
Date:11/27/2012

ery, speed recovery and lower costs in many of the 14 priority African countries where VMMC could reduce HIV infections by 20 percent. While the new devices may not be right for every country or setting, there could be months or years of lost opportunities unless national health leaders immediately take action to evaluate their benefits, costs and optimal uses.
  • Define and roll out needed PrEP demonstration projects – Global health agencies including WHO and UNAIDS have said they are awaiting the results of real-world demonstration projects before they can provide guidance on the use of PrEP – yet there is no clarity on what range of studies is needed, and few are under way. By the end of 2013, a core set of studies must be defined and moving ahead.
  • Safeguard HIV prevention research funding – New momentum on research into HIV vaccines, microbicides and other new tools is threatened due to the possibility of federal budget sequestration in the US and similar pressures in other countries. The potential cuts could slow or halt progress on some of the most promising HIV prevention research in many years. Policy makers must have the courage to preserve this vital research in 2013.
  • "The most urgent questions about new prevention tools have been clear for months or even years, and yet the work to answer them is barely under way," said Warren. "That's as unconscionable as it is unnecessary. Millions of lives depend on our ability to pick up the pace." 

    The new recommendations build on AVAC's long-term agenda for global HIV prevention efforts, issued in late 2011. That report, titled simply The End?, established near-, medium- and long-term goals for delivering available prevention interventions, demonstrating potential impact of emerging tools such as PrEP and microbicides, and developing essential new tools, including AIDS vaccines. In addition to the five key priorities for 2013, AVAC's ne
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