Friday, January 11, 2013

[PHI 2200] Ethical riddles in HIV research

The story told by Boghuma Kabisen Titanji in this TED talk raises interesting questions about research ethics:

  • Is it morally wrong to ask patients who are most affected by a pandemic, such as HIV, to participate  in a clinical trial?
  • How can researchers make sure that they are not exploiting those who are most vulnerable to the pandemic?
  • After a clinical trial is over, do researchers have a moral obligation to provide care to the participants?
  • Once a clinical trial ends, and the results show that the treatment is safe and effective, do the participants have a right to receive this treatment?

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