CDC's Clinical Studies of Daily Oral Tenofovir for HIV Prevention
CDC will continue to work closely with community partners at each research site to ensure active community participation during the planning and implementation of these trials.
Botswana: In Botswana, community advisory boards have been established at each site. The boards comprise representatives from local governments (elected and traditional), as well as community members and representatives from key stakeholder organizations. These groups will provide input to researchers throughout the trial. Additionally, community liaisons at each site conduct outreach to community organizations and respond to any questions or concerns. Participant advisory boards will also be set up when the trial begins.
Thailand: In Thailand, a community relations club, composed of injection drug users, their family members, and representatives of local community organizations, meets regularly and provides advice to trial staff on all aspects of trial design and implementation. Additionally, a community liaison will serve as a bridge between researchers and community organizations, responding to questions or concerns throughout the trial.
United States: In the United States, both sites have established active community advisory boards that are consulted regularly about trial procedures and educational materials for potential participants. Members of these boards will provide advice throughout the trials. Community educators at each site work to ensure that community organizations are updated on trial progress and to respond to questions or concerns.
In addition to the regular input received by these established committees, broader outreach and consultations with advocates and community-based organizations representing populations at risk for HIV have been, and will continue to be, held, as needed, to address plans for HIV prevention research and programs.
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