clinical trial - what questions should I be asking?
October 15, 2013 2:19 AM Subscribe
I'm considering joining a clinical drug trial. What should I be thinking about?
posted by anonymous to science & nature (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here are the details: I'm a sexually active HIV- gay male in the US. The trial is a national study for a drug that may act as a prophylactic against HIV. (Condoms are still recommended.) I met with the clinician last week, and found out that I qualify, but I'm not sure if I want to take drugs that I don't actually need. I feel like I'm in a limbo – I'm not a big fan of taking any medicine, but this seems like a good way to help science while (possibly) boosting my own immune system. And the drug isn't a complete unknown: it's currently prescribed to HIV+ patients. The thought of taking it still worries me.
Any suggestions on how I can make up my mind on whether or not to participate in this study would be greatly appreciated.