Kevin Trimell Jones is part of a "small army" of university and hospital professionals in Philadelphia working to help end HIV. Locating and recruiting research participants is part of his job as a research coordinator and ethnographer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division.
Jones currently is working to find volunteers, especially gay black men in the city, for an upcoming HIV vaccine trial that is taking place at multiple sites across the country, including at Penn Medicine.
"We've known since the early days that the rates were disproportionately affecting black people," Jones said. "We're still seeing young people becoming infected, particularly young black males, and there's not enough people that care about this issue."
"You have to seek people out," Jones said, noting that individuals do not automatically come to research "for the good it does for society." "It helps to be an ethnographer, to know how to observe people and environments, to know the right times to talk to people and how to talk to people," he said.
"The reason we have the HIV meds we have now is because many people rolled up their sleeves and participated in clinical trials," Jones said. "There were people taking a chance and participating in something that, even though they might not see the benefit of it, future generations would."
For more information about the HIV vaccine trial at Penn Medicine, telephone 866-HIV-PENN or visit www.med.upenn.edu/hiv.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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