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Foster Children Used as AIDS Drug Testers for Two Decades

Foster Children Used as AIDS Drug Testers for Two Decades

Here's a breaking story that makes us even more worried about kids in the foster care system: The Associated Press reports that for the last two decades, HIV-positive children in the foster care system in seven states have participated in risky AIDS drug trials without anyone advocating for them legally. By law, researchers are obligated to appoint advocates for children in government care who participate in medical research, but most of these kids were not given that protection.

As MSNBC reports, some are saying that the drug trials gave the children access to the best treatment and care available, and that as a result their lives were prolonged and improved. Others point to a "'disturbing' higher death rate" among the kids who were given higher doses of a particular experimental drug.

Arthur Caplan, head of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, commented that “When you have the most vulnerable subjects imaginable — kids without parents — you really do have to come in with someone independent, who doesn’t have a dog in this fight."

Read more at MSNBC

Is drug testing on foster kids their best hope for treatment, or an abuse?


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