The only way we will better understand and develop effective treatments for adolescents infected with HIV is through access to adolescent-specific research. Maintaining the seamless integration of care and access to research is essential.
The Adolescent Initiative at CHOP is a unit of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network, an NIH-funded research network that develops and implements intervention trials for HIV-infected and at-risk adolescents.
The primary mission of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions is to conduct research on promising behavioral, microbicidal, prophylactic, therapeutic, and vaccine modalities in HIV-infected and HIV at-risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 24. The goal is to improve HIV care for adolescents in years to come.
This research is conducted both independently and in collaboration with existing research networks, including:
- HIV Prevention Trials Network
- HIV Vaccine Trials Network
- Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group
- Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS
- The Center for AIDS Research
Connect to Protect: A community prevention strategy
Connect to Protect (C2P) is a community-level prevention research project of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. The mission is to reduce the HIV/AIDS rates among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and their networks through the collaborative efforts of local communities and health researchers.
The key to Connect to Protect’s success is uniting the experience and skills of researchers and other individuals and organizations from the community. These partnerships allow for multiple voices to be heard and for community needs to be kept at the forefront as HIV prevention strategies are developed and implemented.
Together, C2P partners are creating a blueprint for community action, designed to transform the physical and social environment in ways that can curb the spread of HIV among youth for the long term.