A Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a group of volunteers who meet regularly to discuss with researchers about current and future studies and related topics. CAB Members are persons living with, or affected by HIV/AIDS (PLWA), caregivers and families, members of non-governmental and community based organizations working in the field of HIV and viral hepatitis, as well as religious and community leaders.
They help make a connection with the communities involved in PHPT's research. One CAB is located in Chiang Mai, the other in Chiang Rai, and each meets every two to three months.
To facilitate the exchange, the members of the Boards receive training about ethical research methods, protection of human subjects in research, and clinical research methods.
Another role of the CABs is to discuss the projects and issues with other members of the communities and provide feedback to researchers.