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A Legacy of Mistrust: Research and People of Color

Spring 2009

Clinical trials (the study of new treatments in people) are critical if we are ever to find better ways to treat HIV, and, eventually, a cure. Unfortunately, people of color, women, and IV drug users have been under-represented in these trials for many years. In fact, research for many diseases has often focused on white men, leading to a dangerous lack of data on how treatments work in women and people of color. Why has this occurred? To understand the challenges of encouraging participation by those who have often been overlooked, we must be aware of previous violations of human rights in clinical trials.

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Comment by: Yeye Angel Lyke Saint (Houston, Texas) Tue., Nov. 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm EST
As a former Outreach Worker from the early 80's past barriers and mistrust will continue among the African American population, the history behind how the White medical community used us as animals for their research can thank us for the many cures from the past. The years of medical slavery and how blak folk were used there is much work to do to correct the past before moving forward. PEace
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