Volunteers to Test AIDS Vaccines

Of the hundreds of people volunteered to be subjects in preliminary trials for a vaccine against AIDS, 40 gay men or female partners of intravenous drug users have been selected to act as subjects in a vaccine trial at the Howard Brown Health Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Similar studies are taking place across the country. Scientists note that there is no chance that the vaccine candidate recipients will contract the virus from the tests, although the subjects may test false-positive for HIV. Approximately 25 different AIDS vaccines have been investigated in the United States since the early 1990s, although the Food and Drug Administration has not approved phase III trials for any of the candidates.

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