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Poor turnout hampers HIV vaccine trials
Monday 11 October 2004
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SOUTH AFRICA: Poor turnout hampers HIV vaccine trials

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 6 October (PLUSNEWS) - The low turnout of respondents for South Africa's HIV vaccine trials is threatening to undermine research efforts launched almost a year ago.

According to researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC), the fear of AIDS-related stigma and discrimination from communities had prevented people from taking part.

Despite ongoing education campaigns, misconceptions about the trials presented another obstacle, as a large number of people believed they could be infected with the HI virus by being inoculated with a test vaccine.

MRC senior clinical research nurse Armstrong Makhofola told the UN news service, PlusNews, that such fears were unfounded, "as no live viruses are injected ... the replicating parts of the virus are removed, so that the virus is like a car without a motor."



Recent SOUTH AFRICA Reports
HIV/AIDS care centre not being fully utilised,  8/Oct/04
Using theatre to encourage HIV testing,  6/Oct/04
Vaccine research struggles to find trial participants,  5/Oct/04
Countering the impact of child abuse,  27/Sep/04
A health system under pressure,  24/Sep/04
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

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