HIV Vaccine Trial Participation Might Lead to Negative Social Consequences, Study Says
December 3, 2007
HIV vaccine trial volunteers could experience negative social consequences because of their participation in the trials, according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Reuters Health reports.
Fuchs said that health care providers should ask whether patients "have participated in an HIV vaccine trial before they perform HIV testing, to avoid potential misinterpretation of antibody results and possible social harm." In an effort to minimize negative social effects, the researchers recommended that trial sites "continue their educational efforts with both study participants and with local communities" and emphasize that people cannot contract HIV "from the vaccine itself and that these trials seek HIV-negative individuals" (Boggs, Reuters Health, 11/29).
An abstract of the study is available online.
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