Published: Sept. 5, 2007
Updated: Oct. 12, 2011
Learn about current clinical trials for people with HIV/AIDS
Learn what a clinical trial is, the risks and benefits, and what participation involves.
Joining an AIDS clinical trial brings both benefits and risks.
An AIDS clinical trial is a sponsored research study in humans that looks for drugs to treat HIV/AIDS.
A trial can also test already existing drugs in different combinations and amounts to determine if they have a greater impact on the disease.
Clinical trial volunteers are not given new drugs until laboratory and animal studies are completed and show promising results. Scientists have found that clinical trials are the safest way to determine if a new drug should be used.
There are several benefits involved with participating in a clinical trial. These include:
When you join a clinical trial, you must also be aware that there are possible risks involved. These risks include:
When deciding whether or not to participate in a clinical trial, remember that there is a high regard for confidentiality that exists at the Duke AIDS Research and Treatment Clinic. All study records and patient information are kept confidential.