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HIV Vaccine Trial Preparedness: Socio-behavioural Challenges of HIV Vaccine Development (2007-2012)
Principal Investigator: Peter Newman, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.
Funded by: Ontario Early Researcher Award
HIV vaccines are our best hope for ending the AIDS epidemic. Globally, 5,000,000 new HIV infections—1250 in Ontario—and 3,000,000 deaths occur each year. Ongoing clinical trials to test experimental vaccines are essential to HIV vaccine development. Nevertheless, recent trial shutdowns, low enrolment by people of colour and women, increased participant risk behaviours, social stigma and mistrust raise critical social-behavioural challenges for HIV vaccine research. This project will produce a set of best practices for safe, ethically conducted and inclusive HIV vaccine trials in Ontario/Canada and the developing world to facilitate the development of HIV vaccines.