Thank you for these past 15 years

November 30, 2021


Dear MTN Friends and Family,

It’s hard to believe that today marks the MTN’s final day as an independent HIV/AIDS clinical trials network.

It was in 2005 that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of AIDS (DAIDS) decided it would solicit a network focused on the clinical evaluation of microbicides, and in 2006, the Microbicide Trials Network was born. We would like to thank DAIDS, as well as the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Mental Health for believing in and funding our mission. In our 15 years and five months as a network we:

These facts hardly tell the whole story, however. Nor is it possible to quantify the commitment and spirit of the people who comprised the MTN, of the participants who gave of themselves to take part in our studies, or of the communities and stakeholders we considered to be our partners. What we accomplished we did so together.

If nothing else, we can take pride in the many ways the legacy of the MTN will continue – through the next generation of HIV prevention researchers, the linkages we created with the communities of people being served by research and a greater recognition of the need for a range of HIV prevention options that will fit into people’s lives.

While we wish we could have come together one last time, a virtual celebration had to suffice. And what a celebration it was, with song and dance, poetry and photos, and a myriad of personal reflections and memories. By far the most common theme was the MTN being like a family. You can take it all in here.

Indeed, it has been a great privilege to have traveled this journey together, and we are forever grateful to the NIH, to our partners and to all of you for being part of the MTN family.



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