Ethical issues in adolescent HIV research in resource-limited countries

Linda Gail Bekker*, Catherine Slack, Sonia Lee, Seema Kirti Shah, Bill Kapogiannis

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Globally, there are 5 million young people aged 15-24 years living with HIV, and many more millions are at risk for HIV acquisition. Compelling research questions exist that require the involvement of young people and other vulnerable populations in HIV-related research in diverse settings around the world. Despite this, there remains a reluctance to involve adolescent participants, including young women, in clinical research. Complex and, at times, contradictory legal and ethical requirements can be a challenge. Ethical benchmarks can be applied to ensure that research meets highlevel standards and is planned for appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S24-S28
JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Adolescents
  • Ethics
  • Informed consent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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