Please join us for this dynamic pre-conference….

Advocacy in a New Prevention Landscape:


Timing: Sunday 15 April 2012, 0830 to 1600
Venue: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

M2012 offers new opportunities and challenges to advocates across the world involved and/or interested in advocacy around microbicides and other HIV prevention research and rollout. We have new tools to consider in HIV prevention with the exciting results from PrEP and treatment as prevention trials – and yet confusing results from the early termination of the FEM-PrEP trial and the microbicide gel and tenofovir tablet arms of the VOICE study. What does this mean for communities and how does it affect the work we do as advocates?

The African Microbicides Advocacy Group, AVAC, the Global Campaign for Microbicides, IRMA (International Rectal Microbicides Advocates), the New HIV Vaccine & Microbicide Advocacy Society and local Australian partners ACON and AFAO will hold a day-long pre-conference workshop on Sunday, April 15. The M2012 Advocates’ Pre-Conference Workshop will begin at 08:30 and conclude by 16:00, ensuring participants have ample time to get to the M2012 opening ceremony. The workshop will be held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, and lunch will be provided.

The goal of the workshop is to equip new and experienced advocates, community representatives, trial staff and others with the tools needed to fully participate in the M2012 Conference by:

• Providing an overview of the field to contextualize the themes and issues presented at M2012;

• Connecting research and advocacy priorities and exploring common goals;

• Building capacity of advocates and trial staff to better engage with emerging issues in the field.

The pre-conference workshop will feature seasoned advocates and researchers from the HIV prevention research field who will provide participants with updates and previews to topics to be presented at the conference. An array of thematic discussion and skills-building sessions will be conducted including an update on key issues in the field, influencing relevant country policies and processes, prevention research literacy and ethics, and training on advocacy and campaign building.

Registration for this workshop is free for all interested participants but has limited space so registration will be offered on first-come first-served basis.

Registrations will be accepted through 23 March 2012 or until we have reached capacity.

To register – please fill this registration form at If you have any questions or having problems with the registration form, please write to

Organizers: AMAG, AVAC, GCM, IRMA and NHVMAS with Australian Partners ACON and AFAO

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