Conversations with the HPTN

DeMarcus Jones is an HPTN 083 and HPTN 083-01 outreach recruiter at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. As a native Memphian, he continued his studies at the University of Memphis.

Cissy Ssuuna, an HPTN Community Working Group member and HPTN 084 protocol representative, is a community educator at the Baylor Uganda Clinical Research Site in Kampala, Uganda.

Pumeza Mzizi, a member of the HPTN 084 Community Working Group, is a community liaison officer for the Ward 21 clinical research site (CRS) at Wits RHI in Johannesburg. She has coordinated community engagement in randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for the past 20 years. Pumeza was first introduced to RCTs in 2001 when working on the DART study that was enrolling pregnant women living with HIV to evaluate the single-dose nevirapine in preventing mother-to-child transmission.

Sean P. Sylve, a member of the HPTN 083 Community Working Group, is a clinical research and community engagement specialist in the Section of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He has been at the forefront of community organization, mobilization, HIV prevention and research in New Orleans for more than a decade.