Misconceptions stymie HIV vaccine trials

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