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Some AIDS Tests Violated Human Rights (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jun, 16 2005 @ 01:46 PM
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AIDS subjects in the 90's, usually wards of the state or foster children, were subjected to medical research that failed to insure that the rights of the child were completely met. Rules that were violated included the proper acquisition of sufficient information with regards to guardian and/or parental permissions as well as the assigning of advocates for each subject who would serve as a third-party objective for the subjects best interests. In many cases, agreements were signed for the provision of the advocates, but not supplied.
 



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WASHINGTON -- The government has concluded at least some AIDS drug experiments involving foster children violated federal rules designed to ensure vulnerable youths were protected from the risks of medical research.

Federal rules require researchers to provide independent advocates to foster children in a narrow class of experiments that pose more than a minimal risk and do not hold the likelihood of improved health for the test patients. Those rules also require the researchers to follow any additional safeguards imposed by state and local authorities.


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Taking advantage of foster children.......hey, anything for the progression of medicine. For all those out there who have the utmost faith in our system, here you go.......private institutions can and do use people as guinea pigs.......the absence of a personal advocate for these children implies the possibility of over testing, harsher experimentations that would have put a higher risk on thefuture health of the individual, etc., all of which are exceptionally blatant overextensions of personal rights and responsibilities.........hippocratic oath in this case seems to take its roots in hipocracy.......

Disclaimer.......not to obviously include those healthcare professionals who do indeed have a smidgeon of responsibility.........




posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 11:27 PM
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*Bump* I really think you guys just missed this one.....



posted on Jun, 19 2005 @ 02:19 AM
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This is one of those situations that can really be best described by the old adage, "He can't see the forest for the trees." In this case, these children were most probably given chances at medicines they would have never gotten if they were not in foster care. The balance of risks between HIV infection and the medications seems to be pretty well balanced.

The real travesty involving drugs and foster children are the vast numbers of foster children who are diagnosed with mental disorders when their behavioral problems are situational and are heavily medicated on anti-depressants and anti-psychotics to keep them under control. And really that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the conditions foster children have to endure while they are involuntarily separated from their parents.

If this case would draw attention to the real problems of foster care, then it would be a good thing, but it won't. Because it involves a hot-button issue like HIV, there will be much sound and fury, but in the end, we will all be distracted by the next celebrity scandal and the travesty that is foster care will continue.



posted on Jul, 3 2007 @ 07:14 PM
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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
This is one of those situations that can really be best described by the old adage, "He can't see the forest for the trees." In this case, these children were most probably given chances at medicines they would have never gotten if they were not in foster care. The balance of risks between HIV infection and the medications seems to be pretty well balanced.


It has been awhile since I have written, as well as read this particular topic...

Grady...would you willingly allow yourself to be experimented upon if the following conditions were true:

A) You had no scientific understanding of the HIV/AIDS virus and it affect on the human physiology.

B) You had no scientific understanding of the human physiology.

C) You had not even the capacity to determine independently what food you would eat on a day -to- day basis.

Condition C illustrates that these individuals don't even have the ability to make decisions that every mature adult takes for granted. So it's 'okay' that medical research can make a potentially life threatening decision for humans who lack a comprehension of the potential consequences, other than what the researchers tell them...which undoubtedly is along the lines of, "It's okay, you'll feel better soon.."??

The 'treas'-unto popular ethical standards is that those foster children were 'for(e)st' into a situation that is not necessarily in their best interest. We have civil programs designed specifically for that purpose...so why are these kids any different? Administer the drugs we DO have now, that can prolong the remission status of the virus and wait until they are old enough to make an informed decision....14 years old would even suffice if an education centered upon the relevant topics was properly communicated....


Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
The real travesty involving drugs and foster children are the vast numbers of foster children who are diagnosed with mental disorders when their behavioral problems are situational and are heavily medicated on anti-depressants and anti-psychotics to keep them under control.


This is a problem that can be extended to include potentially every child of any social status, but adults and the elderly as well. The lack of education regarding new medications is appalling.....


Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
And really that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the conditions foster children have to endure while they are involuntarily separated from their parents. my emphasis


Involuntarily? Maybe perhaps in the case of medical researchers taking undue liberty in their research? What about the involuntary separation the foster child endures that results in the loss of a valid opportunity at living a relatively free life?

Indeed, this story as it has already, will be forgotten in the hype of whatever media propagation that will surface in the next thirty minutes. But the casual dismissal of the basic rights of a human, Grady, to a rationalized ideal of medical progress is absurd. You are no doubt aware that there is no such thing as a failed experiment...the elaboration is that when the subjects health fails, researchers now have just another tick mark for 'what not to do.' The subject isn't necessarily allotted that same luxury.



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