San Francisco, California, USA
Hailey Gilmore studied international development in college and was always interested in sexual health promotion and education. While in school she interned at a local non-profit and developed a sex-ed workshop for youth in trade school. During this time she also became a volunteer HIV test counselor. This introduction to sexual health work opened the door for her current position as the Assistant Director of HIV Prevention Intervention Studies at Bridge HIV at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She has been with Bridge HIV, supporting and coordinating clinical trials, for over four years.
Her organization conducts HIV prevention clinical trials testing HIV vaccines and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and soon, rectal microbicides. Bridge HIV also studies behavioral interventions.
A little over a year ago, her organization was approached by the Microbicide Trials Network about conducting MTN-017, a phase II safety and acceptability study of rectally applied tenofovir gel among gay men, men who have sex with men, and transwomen in the US, Peru, Thailand, and South Africa. Hailey and her colleagues are incredibly excited for the MTN-017 launch later this year.
Hailey is also busy with the HPTN 069 study, or NEXT-PrEP, which is looking at the safety and tolerability of four daily oral regimens of PrEP. She is also analyzing qualitative data about people’s motivations to take PrEP to better address advocacy strategies.
Hailey and her group will also soon be hosting a screening of “The Rectal Revolution is Here” in July to engage the San Francisco community on the topic of rectal microbicides.
Hailey would like to encourage IRMA to continue to find additional community allies to partner with – rectal microbicides are just too exciting to not talk about!
Thank you Hailey!
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