Priorities for sexually transmitted infection vaccine research and development: Results from a survey of global leaders and representatives

Kara M Plotnikoff, Robine Donken, Laurie Smith, Caroline Cameron, D Scott LaMontagne, Julie A Bettinger, Manish Sadarangani, Troy Grennan, C Sarai Racey, Kevin Hybiske, Monika Naus, Amanda Monteiro, Gina S Ogilvie

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Objective: To determine the sexually transmitted infection (STI) vaccine research priorities of global leaders in STI vaccine research, development, and service provision.

Methods: Global representatives attending the STI Vaccines: Opportunities for Research, Development, and Implementation symposium preceding the STI & HIV World Congress in 2019 were invited to complete an electronic survey. We asked participants to rank items by importance/priority for STI vaccine development for the following areas of focus: specific STIs (gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, and trichomoniasis), broad research domains (basic science, funding, communication, program planning, and vaccine hesitancy), and specific research activities related to these domains. We calculated weighted value scores based on the ranking (e.g., first, second, third) and the total number of responses in order to produce a ranked list of the priorities.

Results: A total of 46 out of 97 (44%) symposium attendees responded to the survey. Gonorrhea was identified as the STI that should be prioritized for vaccine development, followed by syphilis with weighted value scores of 3.82 and 3.37, respectively, out of a maximum of five. Basic science (and vaccine development) was the domain ranked with the highest priority with a weighted value score of 4.78 out of six. Research activities related to basic science and vaccine development (including pre-clinical and clinical trials, and surveillance measures) and increased funding opportunities were the most highly ranked activities in the "STI vaccine development" and "research domains and activities" categories.

Conclusion: Global leaders in attendance at the STI Vaccines symposium prioritized continued scientific work in vaccine development and program planning. Gonorrhea was identified as the highest priority infection, followed by syphilis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100107
Pages (from-to)100107
JournalVaccine: X
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

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