Community Profiles

Brenda L

Location: Washington, DC
Race/Ethnicity: African American

What motivates you in the fight against HIV/AIDS?

HIV/AIDS is a disease that may infect the body of one person but it affects all those around. It can destroy the body, spirit and life of the infected individual and devastate families, friends and communities. I have seen this first hand working as a nurse treating HIV positive individuals and experienced this while caring for my own friends and family living and dying with HIV. Anti-retrovirals have helped people to live longer and prevention measures have helped to decrease or level infection rates. However, it is clear that we need more in our arsenal to stop HIV it its tracks. The development of an effective HIV vaccine could make a huge difference in infection rates and/or HIV progression for the better.

What can people do to help find an HIV vaccine?

Be informed! Seek out accurate information and be a voice to shatter misconceptions and misinformation. Support family, friends and community members who participate in HIV vaccine clinical trials, Community Advisory Boards. Inquire about having a presentation on HIV vaccines for your group.

What does your community need to know about an HIV vaccine?

There is no HIV vaccine yet. There are on-going clinical trials to test the safety and effectiveness HIV vaccine products. An HIV vaccine may be an effective way to decrease the spread of HIV. An effective HIV vaccine may help to decrease HIV infection and/or HIV progression.