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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
TEXAS: Volunteers Needed for HIV Vaccine Trial
David Taffet
January 19, 2012
Dallas Voice (01.12.12) - Thursday, January 19, 2012

The University of Texas Southwestern continues to recruit local volunteers for Phase II of an HIV vaccine trial underway at nearly two dozen sites across the nation. Researchers are seeking healthy men ages 18 to 50 who are circumcised, HIV- negative, and have sex with other men. Transgender women who have sex with men are also needed. Participation requires a 12- to 18-month commitment, said Ernesto Gallegos, a member of the Clinical Research Unit Community Advisory Board. The vaccine cannot cause HIV, and Phase I testing established it can be given safely to humans. Half the participants receive the vaccine, while the others receive a placebo. Volunteers are asked to keep a written record of any reaction to the four shots, and they are required to return to UT Southwestern once every three months for an interview, risk-reduction counseling, and an HIV test. For more information, telephone 214-590-0610 or visit www.HopeTakesAction.org.

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