Community Involvement Important Factor In HIV Prevention Clinical Trials

Al Jazeera America: Blame research design for failed HIV study
Ida Susser, professor of anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and adjunct professor of sociomedical sciences at the HIV Center at Columbia University

“…The VOICE study appeared to lack sufficient community involvement. … The high HIV incidence observed in the VOICE study reminds us that we desperately need methods women can more easily put into practice in difficult situations, especially those most at risk in southern Africa: women ages 15 to 22. … Most important, to reduce the incidence of HIV infection globally, we must work with women and men at the community level to promote trust and identify the best ways to use the effective methods we already have” (3/5).