HIV Conferences: A Look Back at 2012

Matthew Rose: Confessions of an HIV Vaccine Trial Participant

December 4, 2012

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It's great to hear you haven't had any negative outcomes. Finally, after the five years is up, what do you hope to get out of this?

I'll be interested to be unblinded. People are always like, "What arm do you think you're in?" I have no idea. I have never felt any sort of reaction to any of my vaccinations. But I didn't feel any reaction to any of the vaccinations I took before I went abroad either, except for the typhoid pills but that was a whole different story. Those are known to give you crazy dreams and stuff. But it'll be nice just to know I participated.

Over the time I've been involved with this field, I've really become close friends to all the researchers. I think that's another piece that helped influenced my decision to be in the study as well. Seeing these people work so hard and needing numbers, there's nothing stopping me from helping them, so why don't I? So I'll just be happy to know that I contributed. If I was in the placebo, I have a number of recent friends who are ready to enroll me in the next study of theirs. We'll see where I go in this field. But if the opportunity to enroll in another trial comes, there's a good chance I would do it.

Any last advice for others thinking about enrolling?

I think people need to really read the information that's available. Ask the questions that they think are relevant. There's no such thing as a stupid question, especially when it comes to a decision about your health. If the decision is right for you, then it's a great decision to make. It's been very rewarding for me.

This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

Follow Matthew on Twitter: @MTKRose.

Warren Tong is the research editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.

Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: shane (salisbury) Thu., Oct. 24, 2013 at 12:57 am UTC
I have a girlgriend that has hiv with low numbers. I wont to know if its worth her trying this tryel to see if it helps her or cure her. what are the chances
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Comment by: Louis (NY) Thu., Dec. 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm UTC
Thumbs up, way up for participating! I wonder why the doctors checked to see whether you are ( fully ) circumcised or not. Would one be excluded from the study if one were not circumcised? (say if the trial was held in South America or Europe).
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