n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Ethics and HIV research in South Africa : research & ethics

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The HIV epidemic, perhaps as no other, is challenging the foundations of modern medical ethics, economic principles of information protection and trade. The epidemic exposes many of society's inadequacies such as in education of moral standards, sexism, racism and classism. The challenges to medical society to prevent and alleviate pain and suffering are enormous. The pressure to find a cure for HIV infection is hastened by the unabated progress of the epidemic. As researchers and clinicians working in the field of HIV/AIDS we are exposed more than society in general to the enormity and severity of the problems posed by the HIV epidemic. In an attempt to progress rapidly with the necessary scientific research for society's gain, we may run the risk of exposing research participants to unethical research. Furthermore, by ignoring patent protection and research-proven good clinical practice, Or by importing generic equivalent medication, we pose the risk of treatment failure and the generation of potentially resistant virus mutations.

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