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Encouraging HIV positive people to participate in clinical trials

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:787
  1. Jeffrey H Williams, health promotion officer (treatment information) (
  1. Terrence Higgins Trust, London WC1X 8JU

    EDITOR—Although many HIV positive patients play an active part in their treatment, it is proving increasingly difficult to recruit patients for clinical trials in the United Kingdom. There are reasons for this.

    There is only a limited supply of “treatment naive” patients. Also, people living with HIV who are already taking antiretroviral drugs are seeing their lives improve. For those beginning treatment there are many drugs available. Combination therapy …

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