Welcome to the NIAID NIMH BSSPT Materials page. Here you will find documents pertaining to the intersection of behavioral and social sciences and HIV biomedical clinical research. We will post materials produced by us, as well as documents produced by other groups (with permission) we think is of interest to visitors. Check back for updates to this page.
The BSSPT’s first product was “A Guide to Behavioral and Social Sciences in HIV Prevention Clinical Trials: Points to Consider when Undertaking Research”. This Points to Consider (PTC) document provides an extensive review of best practices, experiences, and expert advice on addressing the behavioral and social factors that impact HIV biomedical clinical trials in the advancement of new biomedical prevention technologies. The BSSPT is working on developing several brochures on major themes presented in the PTC document. Click here to read or download the full PTC document.
Risk Assessment in HIV Biomedical Clinical Research - the third brochure developed from the PTC document explores the importance of adherence in HIV biomedical clinical research to evaluate product safety, acceptability and efficacy. It describes not only the importance of adherence, but also factors that can influence and improve adherence. Click on the brochure title to read or download this document as a PDF.
Community Engagement in HIV Biomedical Clinical Research - the final brochure developed from the PTC document ellaborates on how community and stakeholder engagement is critical to trial success. Their involvement empowers communities to enhance partnerships between researchers and communities. Also, they highlight cultural influences of health & medicine, sexuality, gender, individual autonomy, and risks that are important to the community.