A trial for an HIV vaccine had to be stopped before the trail could be completed because the vaccine was doing the complete opposite of what it was supposed to do. A number of 1,836 were followed and 172 of them contracted the virus. It was found to be making some men MORE LIKELY to get HIV. Men that were uncircumcised and received the vaccine were more vulnerable to acquiring the virus after getting the vaccine even when not participating in risky behaviors. This higher susceptibility however, lessen after 18 months.
Why is it that when researchers realized that the vaccine was not protecting anyone from getting HIV and when they had suspicions hat it was making some men more susceptible to HIV that this faulty vaccine being administered? Did this pharmaceutical company figure that their profits would be worth more than the lives of these men that were put in danger?
This is an example of a human rights violation because Merck, the pharmaceutical company, should have been a guardian of health and stopped administering this vaccine once they had suspicions that the drug was failing men.
Buckle-up! Today, we are going to Sub-Saharan Africa!
For over 50 years, children in the Sub-Saharan area, particularly in Uganda and Sudan. The reason behind this lack of information is because it affects a population that is often overlooked–the poor that is. There are no efforts being made to help rid children of this disease because many people cannot afford any medical relief. If there is no profit to be made does that mean that pharmaceutical companies should not even try to create a solution that affects so many children?
An article in the Huffington Post identifies that there is a lack of Vitamin B in community members of these Sub-Saharan regions. Providing vitamin B supplements to children in this region ages 5-15 whom are most affected by this disease should be urged. Even though the disease is not discussed much, does not mean that is not harmful. Children with this disease, are prone to accidents such as drowning and burning because of mental impairment.
My question to you all is: should diseases that affect the poor not be discussed and not receive a treatment?
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