The UAB HIV Prevention Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a coalition of community members who represent differences in sex, race, age or sexual orientation. Member range from healthcare workers, religious leaders, or any group that is targeted for study participation. People living with HIV/AIDS, or people from communities affected by HIV who want to get involved are encouraged to participate. You do not have to be an expert in HIV/AIDS or any related field to join the CAB.

The mission of the UAB CAB is to serve as a voice for the community, ensuring that HIV vaccine studies are responsive to the needs and concerns of the communities from which study participants are recruited. We strive to create an environment of trust and mutual understanding of research issues and ensure that the values and cultural differences of participants are respected.


The CAB meets on a bi-monthly basis and the meeting lasts for approximately one hour. Dinner is provided.

Specific objectives of the CAB include the following:

  • Advocate for the participants and the community by addressing such issues as participant safety and rights, research ethics, informed consent, and confidentiality.
  • Educate the community on research methods, clinical studies, and HIV vaccine research.
  • Communicate the concerns and needs of the community to the researchers.
  • Facilitate discussion between the community and researchers by linking with local organizations.
  • Advise staff on community education and recruitment strategies and on communicating study findings.
  • Provide feedback and representation to the Global CAB, network working groups, and at other levels where network representation is needed.

Download the Participant's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities