Hey Daniel. In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the HIV Vaccine Trials network that is doing the preventive HV vaccine study you've enrolled in. First let me thank you for being willing to volunteer for such an important study. I don't know which of the 21 sites you've enrolled at since that information is confidential but I do know that compensation is kept low at the sites and usually just covers travel expenses so I know you are doing it out of the goodness of your heart and to help find a vaccine to stop the spread of HIV. Thanks!
A lot of educaiton happens before anyone enrolls in a trial so you realize that the vaccines used do not conatain any HIV so it is impossible to become infected by it. Small pieces of DNA and/or proteins are artifically made to try to fool your body into believing its seen HIV with the hope that your body will produce antibodies or other cells that could fight HIV if you ever were exposed to it. As you said above, a standard HIV test looks for these antibodies so you may get a positive result from this test but follow up tests that are more sophisticated would show that a vaccine trial participant was not infect. If you are still concerned about this or any potential side effects then make sure to discuss this with the clinical staff you see before receiving any vaccinations. You can decide to withdraw from a trial at any time.
One other point I'm sure they stressed at the site was that you need to continue to keep yourself safe from possible infection as you may be recieving a placebo and even if you are getting the vaccine, we do not know if it works to prevent infection. Each visit you will get condoms, lubricant, and state of the art prevention counseling. A particiapant's safety always comes before research and any research questions we are asking! If you or any friends want to find out more about the trial, they can go to http://hopetakesaction.org/about/index.html for more detailed answers and of course, call your research site and set up an additional appointment to ask those questions any time you would like. Personally, I'm looking forward to the day we can stop the spread of HIV once and for all so again, thanks for volunteering ! Yours, Jmi
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· 7 years ago