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Never has HIV prevention research—including implementation—been more exciting, more complicated, or more fraught.

The Choice Agenda is a global forum for advocacy on the latest in HIV prevention research led by Jim Pickett. Join the monthly webinars and the highly active and moderated listserv to discover, discuss and debate the hottest HIV prevention research topics here, there, and all points between.

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With over 1500 advocates and counting, join the discussion and debate. Members are encouraged to share their opinions and concerns, and to reach out with suggestions about webinar content and speakers. Reach out to Jim at to be added to the list.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Tales from Two Cities: HIV and STI research highlights from Brisbane and Chicago
    Thursday, August 3 at 9:00 AM–10:30 AM ET
    Featured Speakers: Dr. Aniruddha Hazra, University of Chicago, Nyaradzo M. Mgodi, University of Zimbabwe, Roger Pebody, NAM,, Charlie Peterson, University of Illinois - Chicago

Previous Webinar Recordings and Materials

  • ClusterF*#k: Molecular HIV Surveillance, Criminalization, and The Real Risks to PLHIV
    Tuesday, July 18 at 11:00 AM–12:30PM ET
    Featured Speakers: Brian Minalga, Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination, Amir Sadeghi, The Center for HIV Law and Policy, and Andy Spieldenner, MPact Global Action. Webinar co-sponsored by The Center for HIV Law and Policy, MPact Global Action, and the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination.
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • PrEP That Booty: The latest on rectal microbicide research for the back door
    Thursday, June 29 at 9:00 AM–10:30AM ET
    Featured Speakers: Jonathan Baker, PA, "Rectal Rockstar", Dr. Craig Hendrix, Johns Hopkins, Juan Michael Porter II, The Body, and Dr. Sharon Riddler, University of Pittsburgh
    Special drag performance: Eddie "Kelly" Wiley - Memphis, Tennessee
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • PrEP (In)equity: Documenting, measuring, and flipping the script towards justice
    Tuesday, May 9 at 9:00 AM–10:30AM ET
    Featured Speakers: Leisha McKinley-Beach, Black Public Health Academy, Michael Chancley, PrEP4All, and Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Emory
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • HIV Prevention Plus Plus: Developing options that meet the full range of our sexual and reproductive health needs
    Tuesday, April 25 at 9:00 AM–10:30AM ET
    Featured Speakers: Ruth Akulu, ICWEA and AVAC fellow Barbara Friedland, Population Council Gregorio Millet, amfAR Dr. Thesla Palanee-Phillips, Wits RHI Danielle Resar, Clinton Health Access Initiative Co-moderators: Wawira Nyagah, AVAC Kate Segal, AVAC
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • How to Communicate about Sexual Health and STIs: Sex positivity vs. risk-based language
    Thursday, April 20 at 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET
    Speakers include Dr. Keosha T. Bond, CUNY School of Medicine, Dr. Joseph Cherabie, Washington University St. Louis, Mark Kaigwa, Nendo, and moderated by Alison Footman, AVAC. Webinar co-sponsored by the American Sexual Health Association.
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • Mpox - Sexual Networks, HIV and Activism
    Wednesday, March 29 at 9:30–11:00am ET
    Featured Speakers: Dr. Keletso Makofane, Harvard University, FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow, Dr. Chloe Orkin, Professor of HIV Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • Been There, Did That - Research Reflections from CROI 2023
    Thursday, March 23 at 10:00–11:30am ET
    Featured speakers include Dr. Monica Gandhi, UCSF and CROI 2023 Community Educator Scholars. Co-moderated by Devan Nambiar, Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance and CROI 2023 Community Educator Scholar.
    Recording / Dr. Monica Ghandi's Slides / Community Educator Slides
  • Margarita Breakfast Club Session 3: The Data Gap: Filling in the Missing Perspectives on Women and Children in HIV Research
    Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00–8:00am PT
    Moderator: Dawn Averitt, The Well Project, Women's Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS
    Speakers: Professor Lee Fairlie, WITS RHI, Imelda Mahaka, Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust, Jane Kabami, Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration Uganda
    To learn more about Margarita Breakfast Clubs, click here.
    Recording / Resources
  • Margarita Breakfast Club Session 2: Moving Forward: Upcoming Strategies on STI Prevention
    Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00–8:00am PT
    Moderator: Jim Pickett, AVAC
    Speakers: Dr. Jean-Michel Molina, University of Paris Cité, Jonathan Ayala, NMAC, CROI Community Educator Scholar
    To learn more about Margarita Breakfast Clubs, click here.
    Recording / Slides
  • Margarita Breakfast Club Session 1: Arrested Development: Discontinuation of the MOSAICO Trial, its Legacy and Expectations for HIV Vaccine Research
    Monday, February 20 at 7:00–8:00am PT
    Moderator: Ntando Yola, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
    Speakers: Dr. Susan Buchbinder, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Richard Jefferys, Treatment Action Group
    To learn more about Margarita Breakfast Clubs, click here.
    Recording / Slides
  • Decolonizing Global Public Health – What Will it Take to Dismantle Racism and White Supremacy?
    Thursday, February 16 at 9:00am ET / 2:00 pm GMT
    Moderator: John Meade, AVAC
    Featured speakers: Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, University of Global Health Equity; Tori Cooper, Human Rights Campaign; Tian Johnson, African Alliance; Dr. Peter Kilmarx, Fogarty International Center
    Recording / Slides / Resources / Audio Transcript
  • Ready, Set, CROI 2023 - Prepare for the 30th Year of CROI
    Monday, February 13, 2023
    Featured CROI Community Liaisons, CROI 2023 program co-chairs, IAS-USA, AVAC, The Choice Agenda, and other community partners and researchers and designed to help CROI registrants prepare for this exciting, intense and sometimes overwhelming meeting.
    Recording / Slides
  • Trans Inclusion: Charting HIV Research into the Future: A Manifesto and Scorecard for Advocates and Researchers
    Thursday, January 26, 2023
    Featured Leigh Ann van der Merwe — Founder and Director: Social, Health & Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa; Brian Minalga — AVAC consultant, Trans Inclusion Initiative; and Cindra Feuer — AVAC Senior Program Manager: Partnerships & Capacity Strengthening
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • More than Vessels: Pregnant people deserve inclusion in HIV prevention clinical and implementation research
    Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    Speakers included Dr. Elaine Abrams, Raniyah Copeland, Dr. Lisa Noguchi and Dr. Lynda Stranix-Chibanda. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Dvora Joseph Davey.
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • PEP Needs Some Pep! Addressing PEP Neglect in HIV Prevention Research, Programming and Uptake
    Thursday, November 3, 2022
    Featuring Dr. James Ayieko, Dr. Julie Fox, Dr. Ken Mayer, Dr, Catherine Koss, Njambi Njuguna and Ace Robinson
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • Doxycycline for STI prevention: Evidence and Current Research
    Friday, October 7, 2022
    Featuring Dr. Connie Celum, Jennifer Mahn, Dr. Victor Omollo, Rodney Perkins and Dr. Jenell Stewart
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • RINGing the Bell for Choice: Actions and Solutions on Dapivirine Ring Access
    Thursday, September 22, 2022
    Featuring Leonard Solai, Yvette Raphael, Shakira Namwanje, Natasha Mwila, Chris Obermeyer and Erica Gollub
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • CROI and Community and YOU – Preparing for CROI 2023
    Wednesday, September 7, 2022
    Featuring Drs. James Hoxie, Diane Havlir and Landon Myer
    Recording / Slides
  • Faster, Smarter and More Equitable – Accelerating Roll Out and Uptake of CAB for PrEP
    Monday, August 8, 2022
    Featuring Rachel Baggaley, Caroline Carnevale, Monica Gandhi and Mitchell Warren
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • The Research Says Yes, YES, YES - Just Like That
    Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    Featuring Anne Philpott, Joao Alves, and Christine Curley
    Recording / Slides / Resources
  • Efficacy is Not the Only HIV Prevention Attribute that Matters - Lessons from Contraception
    Wednesday, June 15, 2022
    With Dominika Seidman, University of California San Francisco
    Recording / Slides / Resources

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