Khanyisile Khumalo, Recruiter/Counsellor - PHRU
Soweto-Bara CRS, Johannesburg, South Africa
After matriculation at age 18, I joined a community policing forum we call a “youth desk” at the local Moroka Police station. Then we were invited to attend a workshop by PHRU on education about HIV Research. It was in 2007 when we established the first Adolescent CAB for PHRU and that was the start of my passion for HIV research. From then on, we were educated on vaccines and a whole lot of other things about HIV research. That is how I learned about the HVTN and the work that it does and funds. Since then we have been going into our local communities and educating them about the HIV research, and I work as a recruiter for the pre-teen study introducing adolescents and teens to HIV research.
Though I studied for a diploma in journalism, I continued to work with PHRU and was later hired full time as a recruiter for HVTN vaccine studies in 2016. I have been working directly with HVTN since then, and I have to say I have learned a lot. I totally look forward to many more years with HVTN for the work that we do is incredible and very important. Meeting so many different people who teach you new and interesting things has been amazing, and the participants we recruit and build research relationships with has been bliss. Something personal that people may not know about me, is that I am strict and disciplined, and I was raised that way.