At the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), we believe that well-informed communities contribute to better science. We engage community members in all phases of the research process. This helps to foster trust and mutual understanding of research issues, and ensures that our research strategies and approaches respect the values and cultural and ethnic differences among participants. Our global community engagement efforts:

  • Help to ensure the ethical and scientific quality of proposed research;
  • Help to ensure relevance to and acceptance by affected communities;
  • Help to ensure the involvement of groups that have been historically under-represented in medical research and who are disproportionately impacted by the AIDS epidemic, such as racial and ethnic minority communities and women;
  • Involve community representatives in the design, development and implementation of trials and distribution of trial results; and
  • Establish a process for arriving at standards and best practices in community engagement at international, national, and local levels.