Philly to Offer First-Ever HIV Prevention Program for Gay Couples

G-Philly recently did an article about our I KNOW program couple’s testing program:

To get tested together come to our location at 3535 Market St. on the fourth floor. For more information, or to make an appointment, dial 215-287-4516.

For more about I KNOW visit

HVTN 505 Recruitment Ends!

Our thanks to the thousands of people in the Philadelphia area who contacted us because they were interested in our Phase II HIV vaccine trial.  We are well on our way to exceeding our enrollment goal and its because there are so many people who got their hearts on over the past 4 years!!!!

While we are closing recruitment for HVTN 505, we are still recruiting for a Phase I trial with a few more opening up later this year.


Miss Lady V Pageant Questions
*Initially sent to all registered contestants on 2/26/11.

1. If you could develop a new slogan that would increase awareness for HIV vaccine research, what would it be and why?

2. If President Obama called you on the phone and asked you why he should continue to fund the effort to find an HIV vaccine, what would you tell him?

3. How would you describe a world without HIV in it?

4. For some people there are barriers to participating in HIV vaccine trials (such as fear of the unknown or inconvenience to your schedule). How would you address those barriers with people?

5. How would you spread the message about UPenn’s HIV vaccine trial (HVTN 505)?

6. Why do you want to urge people to participate in vaccine research?
7. What will you say to someone who says “I’ll let others participate in these studies until I know something works?”

8. How can different communities (i.e., the local gay community, the medical community) help support HIV vaccine trials here in Philadelphia?

9. If you were considering participating in HVTN 505, what would you tell people close to you (your mom, partner or friend) about why you would participate?

10. When we have a safe, effective HIV vaccine, what will you tell others was your contribution?

11. Since not everyone is eligible to be in an HIV vaccine clinical trial, what are other ways people can contribute to HIV vaccine research?