May 4, 2005

Tuskegee Experiment 2005

Looks like fucked up shit involving the U.S. Government and AIDS will be the theme for the day. Apparently the government tested AIDS drugs on foster children without affording them the basic legal rights that would be given those not under the care of the state.

From (the soon to be renamed) msnbc:

Government-funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children over the past two decades, often without providing them a basic protection afforded in federal law and required by some states, an Associated Press review has found.

The research funded by the National Institutes of Health spanned the country. It was most widespread in the 1990s as foster care agencies sought treatments for their HIV-infected children that weren’t yet available in the marketplace.

The practice ensured that foster children — mostly poor or minority — received care from world-class researchers at government expense, slowing their rate of death and extending their lives. But it also exposed a vulnerable population to the risks of medical research and drugs that were known to have serious side effects in adults and for which the safety for children was unknown.

And don't argue that these drugs are perfectly safe:

In one study, researchers reported a “disturbing” higher death rate among children who took higher doses of a drug. That study was unable to determine a safe and effective dosage.

The government often is accused of turning a blind eye to AIDS research. Using the most vulnerable members of society as uninformed test subjects, however, is not the answer to this problem.

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