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Misconceptions stymie HIV vaccine trials

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University of Toronto researchers surveyed people at risk of contracting HIV and found that misconceptions about the safety of HIV vaccine trials are slowing research efforts. Along with a general distrust of medical professionals, the researchers found that many individuals believe participating in a vaccine trial could cause them to contract HIV, "as well as confusion over why HIV vaccine trials specifically target people in at-risk communities." Additionally, some survey participants expressed satisfaction with currently available HIV management drugs and felt that new therapies weren't crucial. Release

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