Community Partners

MOCHA Center
The MOCHA Center (Men of Color Health Awareness) is a peer driven initiative which has been in existence since December 1996. MOCHA provides HIV/AIDS education/outreach, and community development for men of color who are identified as gay, bi-sexual or men who have sex with men (MSM) or young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Currently, several funding sources support MOCHA Center’s programs to provide education, prevention & intervention to youth who are MSM’s of color and may be at risk for contracting the HIV virus.

AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention
AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) is an international non-profit organization that uses education, policy analysis, advocacy, and community mobilization to accelerate the ethical development and eventual global delivery of AIDS vaccines and other new HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive response to the pandemic.

HVTN: HIV Vaccine Trial Network 
The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is an international collaboration of scientists and educators searching for an effective and safe HIV vaccine. The HVTN’s mission is to facilitate the process of testing preventive vaccines against HIV/AIDS.
 
Gay Alliance of Gennesee Valley

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative is a global nonprofit organization working to speed the search for a vaccine to prevent HIV and AIDS. IAVI sponsors public-private research partnerships to build vaccine candidates and test them in humans. IAVI also advocates on behalf of vaccine developers worldwide, and for public policies to assure that when an AIDS vaccine is found, it will be accessible to all without delay.

The Body
The Body is a service of Body Health Resources Corporation. The Body’s mission is to use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians; demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment; improve patient’s quality of life; and foster community through human connection.
 

NIH/NIAID HIV Vaccine Research Education Initiative
The NIH/NIAID HIV Vaccine Research Education Initiative was formed to create an environment in which HIV affected communities and individuals are more aware, educated, and supportive of HIV vaccine research and have more positive attitudes towards clinical trial volunteerism. This website contains mulitple links that identify many ways you can support the search for a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. You canplay a part in the search for an HIV vaccine byeducating yourself and others about HIV vaccine research. To learn more about HIV vaccine research, go to the Initiative Toolkit and Resources. Finding a safe and effective vaccine to prevent HIV infection will require thousands of people from all walks of life to support HIV vaccine studies and encourage those who volunteer. By spreading the word about HIV vaccine research, you can help support the search for a vaccine. For information on how you can get involved in your local community, go to Cities.