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Thursday, February 10, 2005

HIV/AIDS vaccine tests

It is notable that India is one of the few countries willing to undertake human clinical trials for the preventive HIV/AIDS vaccine.

One of the issues, pointed out in an article in TOI, is how would the researchers know whether such a vaccine, indeed, prevents getting infected by HIV. In the words of the author, "...the paradox is that researchers would not know the vaccine's results until some of the volunteers take behaviour risks and get infected..." Irrespective of the amount of support provided to such volunteers, such as adequate guarantee that specialized tests would be available to them free of cost for as long as they live, etc., I feel that, on part of the volunteers, it is very noble of them, that they are willing to go through the enormous stress and trauma for the benefit of the society.


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