University of Johannesburg seeks participants for HIV research

October 22, 2007

JOHANNESBURG — The University of Johannesburg is looking for 14 HIV positive AND 14 HIV negative men to participate in a laboratory research study related to HIV. All that will be required of volunteers is for them to donate a small sample of blood (9ml) on two separate occasions. These blood samples will then be analysed in the laboratory. The results of this study will help us better understand certain changes in the immune system that occur in HIV that increases HIV replication and may at the same time point to possible interventions. This project presents you with an opportunity to get even more involved in the ongoing fight against HIV by helping researchers learn more so that we can help more.

This research study has received ethical clearance from the University of Johannesburg Ethics Committee. All information related to the participants (both HIV positive and HIV negative) will be kept strictly confidential under lock and key. Participants' names and other information related to the participants will never be disclosed and participants will be referred to by way of special codes in order to ensure anonymity. If participants wish to know the outcome of the study, they will be given this information at the end.

We are busy recruiting participants for this study right now and would like to make arrangements with volunteers to collect the first blood samples on either the 30th or 31st October 2007, which means that you should contact us before the 26th October 2007 in order to participate. Second blood samples will be collected from the same people on the 5th or 6th Nov 2007. Please contact Cornelia Botha (082-8807298 or
) as soon as possible if you would like to put yourself forward to volunteer or for more information. Thank you!

More Information on Inclusion Criteria:

HIV positive volunteers (require 14 men):
Known HIV+ status
Aged 18 - 65
CD4+ count above 300 cell/mm3
Not yet on antiretroviral therapy
Not on TB medication
Free of serious opportunistic infections

HIV negative volunteers (require 14 men):
Known HIV- status
Aged 18 - 65
Not on TB medication
Issued by OUT

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