Commentary & Opinion
Researchers, Communities, Officials Need to Collaborate on HIV Prevention Trials, Viewpoint Piece Says
October 24, 2005
Although it was an "unusual circumstance" when Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen last year ordered a stop to a planned human clinical trial of Gilead Science's antiretroviral drug Viread, he showed "a genuine concern for issues that remain challenging not only in Cambodia, but wherever a prevention trial is being considered in a population with limited access to basic health services," Kimberly Page-Shafer of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California-San Francisco and colleagues from Cambodia's Ministry of Health and the University of New South Wales write in a Lancet "Viewpoint" piece (Page-Shafer et al., Lancet, 10/22). In March 2004, NIH awarded a $2.1 million grant to UCSF researchers to test Viread in 960 Cambodian women. The medication, which is known generically as tenofovir, has been shown to boost immune response and reduce viral levels in the bloodstreams of patients who are resistant to other antiretroviral drugs. The study, funded by NIH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was a collaborative effort among Cambodia's health ministry, UCSF and UNSW. Health Minister Nuth Sokhom in August 2004 said that Hun Sen told him to stop the planned trials because of concern "about the effect on the Cambodian people and on the human values and rights" (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/12/04).
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