Community Compass

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Letter From The Editor

Stephaun E. Wallace, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Stephaun E. Wallace, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome to the latest edition of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Community Compass.

In this issue, we provide an update on the status of the AMP Studies, a perspective on the intersection of faith and HIV, and share some of the profiles of members of the HVTN around the world. While our efforts in the COVID-19 space continue, many of the phase 3 trials we were actively involved in supporting and coordinating have completed enrollment. The next phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial, the Sanofi trial, has launched and is nearly fully enrolled in the United States.

While these efforts continue, our HIV efforts remain a key priority for the Network and our communities. Many people continue to wonder about the timeline for an HIV vaccine. There are many trials underway, most of which are early phase studies that are primarily looking at safety in smaller numbers of people; however, we do have two large scale HIV vaccine trials in the field also, Mosaico (www.mosaicostudy.org) and Imbokodo (https://imbokodo.org.za/) . Both of these studies use a mosaic-based platform, which supports the evaluation of the vaccine across various types of HIV found around the world. While the Imbokodo study has fully enrolled, the Mosaico study remains open for enrollment. COVID-19 restrictions are shifting, and many communities around the world are starting to open back up. While this is occurring, conversations about the important lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic that can be applied to HIV continue.

Please help us ensure that this publication is representative of our entire global HVTN community! HVTN members (who have access to the HVTN member's website) can use our submission page that offers the ability to submit content and articles for inclusion in future issues. More information about this follows on the "Meet the Community Compass Team" section.

Thank you for your continued support of the HVTN wherever you are in the world, for the work that you do in whatever role you have in the HVTN community, and for the impact we have been able to make in our collective history and communities, together. Though we have come very far in response to the HIV epidemic, we have so much further to go to achieve a globally effective HIV vaccine. The HVTN Community Compass team wants to be everywhere you are, so please share with us what's happening at your research sites, institutions, and in your communities, so that we can share it with the world.

Be well,

Stephaun E. Wallace

Stephaun E. Wallace, PhD

Editor-in-Chief, HVTN Community Compass


Our vision is an informed HVTN community that is aware of current events and activities relating to the HVTN network and its sites, advances in the field of HIV prevention and vaccination, as well as community priorities. We work to accomplish this by providing relevant information and updates to promote awareness, understanding, and support for HIV prevention and HIV vaccines, reaching global communities invested in the response to the HIV epidemic.  

We welcome submissions of articles on any topic for publication that is relevant to the HVTN community. Submissions must be exclusive to us, and not appear in any other publication. Submissions must be 500 words or less to comply with our layout and design requirements.

We do our best to read all submissions promptly and will contact you within two weeks if we are interested in publishing your article. Due to space limitations, we may need to hold publishing your article for a future issue. To submit articles for Community Compass, please go to the HVTN Members Site homepage, click on “About”, then click “Community Compass”, then click on “Submit to Community Compass”.


Meet the Community Compass Team

Stphaun Wallace, Ph.D.

Gail Broder, MHS
Anna Altavas
Cody Shipman

Nina Feldman

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