Location: Seattle, WA
Race/Ethnicity: African American
What motivates you to help find an HIV vaccine?
What motivates me to help find an HIV vaccine is simply found in one word “life”! I am committed to helping ensure that we, as a people, have the opportunity to live our richest, most rewarding and fulfilling life. I believe this is our inalienable right. I am dedicated to finding a vaccine for all. I am especially dedicated to finding a vaccine for those communities that have experienced historical inequity and are disparately impacted by the HIV virus.
Do you think we will be the generation to find an HIV vaccine?
Yes, I do believe that we will be the generation to find an HIV vaccine. I believe this because in the last 2-3 years we have made significant strides toward the discovery of a potential HIV vaccine. The recent advancements in HIV biomedical research that I am referring to are: RV144, Caprissa 004 and most recently the iPrEx study. The information gathered from these studies tells us that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Though we still have ways to go, we are much closer to finding a vaccine than we were even 5 years ago.
What does your community need to know about an HIV vaccine?
What I believe my community needs to know about HIV vaccine research is that research will work for us if we work for it. Vaccine research is only as effective as those who choose to participate in vaccine research.