Conversations with the HPTN

Rona Siskind is a health specialist at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of AIDS (DAIDS) in Bethesda, Md., focusing on community engagement, training, and communications related primarily to HIV vaccine and prevention research. She has been at DAIDS for more than 30 years and has worked with all the HIV/AIDS clinical trials research networks. Since early in her tenure at DAIDS, she has worked with, and on behalf of, the networks’ community working groups and advisory boards.

Avelino (Jun) Loquere is the site coordinator for the ICAP at Columbia University Clinical Trials Unit (ICAP CTU) in New York. He has more than 20 years of experience in HIV care, treatment, and prevention research. Jun has experience working on multiple DAIDS-funded HIV clinical trials through the CPCRA, INSIGHT, ACTG, HVTN, and HPTN networks.

Jessica Yeager is a national and Texas state-certified peer recovery support specialist. She is currently a peer support services supervisor for HPTN 094. Jessica is an influential recovery community leader who thrives on innovative change to create purpose in our broken system, stomp out stigma, and help others heal while delivering the message of hope. 

Nadir Cardozo, an HPTN 083 Community Working Group member, is part of the Community Participation and Social Research Team at Fundación Huésped in Buenos Aires. At the age of 20, Nadir had to migrate to Buenos Aires due to gender identity and stigma discrimination. Nadir is also an activist and trans-militant with the Association of Transvestites, Transsexuals, and Transgenders of Argentina (ATTITA).