The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of community-based research with local actors in setting local or regional HIV/AIDS research priorities. However, we share in the following pages the results of a research collective's reflection process, during 11 months of work, in a northern region of Quebec. The results of this experience of mutual reflection can only be positive and this has resulted in the development of local research capacities and collective action between researcher-practitioners, a valorization of participatory research and an opportunity to bring together scientific research and make it available to key community actors engaged in the fight against HIV. In contrast to traditional research, in this participatory approach the balance of power leans toward the research community, which has decided throughout the process what priorities should be pursued to meet local research needs on HIV-AIDS.
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