Community Profiles

Be The Generation To End The AIDS Epidemic

Community Profiles

With more than 35 million people living with HIV worldwide and approximately 2 million new infections each year, the need for HIV prevention research remains urgent. The future of HIV prevention research depends on the understanding, trust, support, and participation of all communities. Learn more below about community members like you who are working together to Be the Generation to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. View a video by topic:

Community Engagement

"We take our gender and our affirmation of who we are very, very seriously. We have to protect ourselves first. We cannot depend on the permissions of another for us to be safe."
"As I look at VHS tapes and DVDs, I realize that many of my peers in the house/ball community have died as a result of AIDS-related complications."
“I think some people know about the biomedical field, but we want people to know, hey, people are working on a vaccine, and have you ever heard of something like microbicides?”
"In the Black community, it’s not being talked about. So if it’s not being talked about, it’s not happening."
"We’ll always have male and female condoms. But how wonderful it would be if we could have a lubricant or a gel that would have anti-HIV properties, a vaccine, a shot?"
"A lot of my neighbors, friends, family members, and lovers are Black. Each day, I have to face the sobering fact that too many of them, particularly my gay and bisexual brothers, are living with HIV/AIDS and unaware of their HIV status."
“Tribal people have survived in the past, and we’re going to continue to survive and thrive in this environment.”
“Existen tres áreas: las vacunas, pastillas para la prevención del VIH y microbicidas o cremas para prevenir el VIH.”
“Involvement in the gay community, the Latino community, the immigrant community, the African American community—not one particular community but all communities—is very essential.”
“Debemos ser la generación para poner fin a la epidemia de VIH/SIDA.”
“The question is how is this information getting to communities of color—specifically African American, Latino, and Latina. Why? Because those groups have the highest incidence and prevalence in the US.”
“I think that research is one way where Black Gay men have really been able to step up for the Black community. It’s critically important that the African American community participates in this research.”

Microbicides, PrEP & TasP

“Microbicides are potentially just one tool in a whole armamentarium of different potential strategies to combat HIV transmission.”
“Some products are women-centered where we may be able to take some type of gel and use it to prevent transmission. We could use it discreetly and insert it in our own bodies.”
"Our study, HPTN 052, was able to show that HIV treatment is able to reduce the transmission probability by virtually 100%. This proved that treating a person renders them less contagious. It acted as a hurricane-force wind behind the idea that treatment doesn’t just benefit an individual; it might benefit a community.”
“PrEP, microbicides, and all these different acronyms and multisyllabic words that we have can be a little daunting, but you lower those barriers to the language, and then they realize that they know more about it than they even thought.”
“One of the main lessons we’ve learned in the last thirty years is there’s not going to be a single solution to the HIV epidemic.”


“I made a promise that this is my body and it belongs to me. So, I would not live with HIV; it must live with me.”
“If you just go home and tell the rest of your family that there’s some work being done in this country and elsewhere to try to find a vaccine to prevent HIV infection, I think you’ve helped us.”
“This is such an important time to be engaged in HIV vaccine research.”
“There’s nothing to be afraid of. There’s nothing to fear. There’s no HIV in the vaccine. Volunteers cannot become infected with HIV from the vaccines that are used in the clinical trials.”
“I have dedicated my professional career—and my personal life—to focusing on improving the lives and health of individuals from underserved communities with a focus on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support.”
“I am motivated in the fight against HIV/AIDS because I am at risk for HIV/AIDS. As an African American single woman, I am at risk for HIV/AIDS every time I make a decision to engage in sex.”
“Entregar mensajes acerca de las vacunas para prevenir el VIH entre las comunidades hispanas, la reacción es muy variada.”
“My motivation comes from the burning desire I have to see the burden of HIV/AIDS lifted off the hearts of my close friends and community members who are infected.”
“It’s highly, highly, highly important to protect our study volunteers.”
“Being able to educate the African American community to the benefits of HIV vaccine trials is paramount.”
“Please, if you want to help, volunteer.”