What is your name and where are you from?
Gail, from Baltimore MD
When did you join the ACTG?
May of 2014
Why did you get involved with the ACTG, and what are some of the things you’ve done as a member?
As someone living with HIV, I thought it would be great to learn about research and have the opportunity to give my genuine thoughts on whether a study would be of benefit to our community. In my CAB, we’ve reviewed protocols to decide if they’d be beneficial for our community. We’ve also had a presence at Baltimore Pride to talk about our CAB
Describe your community.
My community includes people of all nationalities, low income folks, people with a history of using drugs, people recently released from prison, and straight as well as LGBTQ
What are the most important treatment issues to your community?
Co-infections, treatment for the trans community, and aging.
How do you want your work in the ACTG to be remembered?
Community first! If my work benefits others and makes a change, then it has all been worth it.
What are your future hopes for the ACTG and HIV research?
I want the ACTG to prioritize participant-centered research: I hope the network listens to the voices of participants and designs research around our needs and wants.