REPRIEVE Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The REPRIEVE CAB is comprised of several enthusiastic individuals who generously share their time and talents in order to incorporate the voice of the participant into REPRIEVE Trial activities. Their diverse perspectives allow for improved participant initiatives and engagement. Learn about some of the CAB members below.

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Robert B. Ettinger

Robert B. Ettinger has lived in the New York City area for over 30 years. He has recently retired from a long career in healthcare management, working with both providers and health insurance companies in operations and program development. A long term activist and advocate for people with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized populations, Robert believes that participating in clinical trials, for those that are able to do so, is one way to contribute to the communities affected as well as to the advancement of clinical practice standards. As a long term survivor, Robert has a particular interest in HIV and aging which bring him to the REPRIEVE study and to the Community Advisory Board.

Alicia Diggs

Alicia Diggs is a native of Philadelphia, PA but resides in North Carolina. Alicia has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a Master’s degree in Public Health is currently working on a PhD in Public Health with a focus in Advocacy and Leadership. Alicia became an HIV/AIDS Activist, Educator, and Speaker in 2004. She has spoken for various organizations who provide services for persons living with HIV in North Carolina such as Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, Guilford County Health Department, and Triad Health Project. She is a former board member of North Carolina Aids Action Network (NCAAN), a member of the UNC Center for AIDS Research’s Community Advisory Board, a member of the REPRIEVE Community Advisory Board and Publications Committee, The WFBH ANCHOR Study Community Advisory Board, the HIV Prevention Community Advisory Council (HPCAP), the National Community Advisory Board (NCAB) for the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), the North Carolina State Lead for the Positive Women's Network-USA, as well as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Alicia has spoken at area schools, community health events, conferences and churches as well as appeared on several news and radio stations including BETs Wrap It Up Campaign. Alicia is a Medical Case Manager working with persons living with HIV and is also the CEO and Founder of I Will Live whose goal is to help the community understand the importance of STD and STI prevention, advocating against stigma and discrimination, knowing your HIV status by getting tested as well as living healthy and productive lives through empowerment and education. Alicia also became a published author July of 2017 of an autobiography entitled 'Standing On My Healing: From Tainted To Chosen'. This book tells the story of her life from the age of three until 2015 when her big brother, her best friend, went home to be with the Lord. This is just a portion of her story of love, rejection, sexual violation, homelessness, suicide attempts, depression, domestic violence and survival.


Shirley Selvage

Shirley Selvage lives in Alabaster, Alabama. She currently works at the 1917 Clinic as an Office Services Specialist/Coordinator in the Prevention and Education Department. She is the chairperson of the Patient Advisory Board at the 1917 Clinic and serves on other Community Advisory Boards. She was featured in the “December 2016 POZ Magazine.” She has her Bachelors of Science Degree in Community Health Education and Human Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama. Her purpose for serving on REPRIEVE CAB is to bring awareness, research, prevention and education about statin drugs that could help reduce heart disease in those living with HIV.


Ángel L. Hernández

Ángel L. Hernández was born and raised in Orocovis, a small rural town located right in the center of the Puerto Rico. He now lives in Arecibo. Angel is number nine of 16 siblings. Angel has been an active member of his local CAB. Since 2010, Angel has been involved as a representative of persons living with HIV and AIDS in various boards and organizations. He believes there is still a need for much more of the most basic education about HIV. Angel is an advocate to empower persons living with HIV and AIDS using the “Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV” Principles. As HIV Community Educator/Advocate, he has received scholarships to attend various national and international conferences: USCA; POSITIVE LIVING; International Conference on AIDS; CROI. Angel joined the REPRIEVE CAB because he believes it is an important study where we’re answering important questions about end organ diseases that occurs with aging and inflammation associated with HIV and ART, to help members of the general community understand the science of HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease, to ensure community concerns are considered, and to serve as a voice for the community and study participants.

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