HIV Clinical Trials
(608) 265-8799 or (608) 265-0316
The UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program at UW Hospital and Clinics offers a variety of clinical trials and research studies that are available to all individuals infected with HIV in our clinic, state and region. Much progress is being made in controlling HIV infection with new drugs and treatments and our program is excited to participate in this research.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the benefit to me in participating in a clinical trial or research study?
Clinical trials may offer the benefit of allowing someone to receive a medication or treatment that might not be otherwise available. In the area of HIV care, many new medications are being studied, and clinical trials may allow some patients access to these new medications before they become commercially available. Participation in a clinical trial may also benefit you because medications and clinic visits are often paid for by the study (this varies widely from study to study).
Indirectly, patients benefit from all types of research studies by contributing to the knowledge about HIV disease and it’s treatments, hopefully leading to better treatment for the disease in the future.
What are the risks to me in participating in a clinical trial or research study?
Clinical trials of new medications may carry some risk, although it is often a very small risk. The company researching the new medication will inform the physician and the patients in the trials of any known risks from the medication. However, since the study medications are often not yet FDA approved, there might be risks from the new medications that have not yet been identified.
Research studies and clinical trials may also carry a very small risk because of procedures performed (such as having your blood drawn). If any procedures performed carry a risk, you will be informed before you participate.
Is there a possibility that I could be treated with a placebo (sugar pill) instead of the real medication?
Sometimes studies do involve the use of placebos, however this will always be told to you when you consider joining the study. A drug company may not use a placebo in a medication study without telling participants that this may happen. Even if the study you participate in does use a placebo, it is always assured that the medications you receive along with the placebo are proven to treat HIV. In other words, your HIV infection will never be left untreated and you will always receive care for HIV or any opportunistic infections that is considered to be at least the “standard of care” for that problem
Placebos are not used in all, or even most studies. The study nurse will always tell you if there will be a placebo used, and can answer any questions about the use of the placebo in the study.
How will my participation in a research study affect my health care treatment at the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program?
If you choose to participate in a clinical trial or research study you may have to make more visits to the clinic than you otherwise would. You will always receive the best care available for HIV, even when you are enrolled in a clinical trial.
If you choose not to participate in a research study you will still receive the same care at our clinic that you have before. You are not obligated to participate in any studies even if you are asked, and you will not be penalized or have your medical care affected in any way if you choose not to participate.
Will my confidentiality be affected by participation in a study?
Your identity in the study will remain as confidential as possible. However, some authorized research personnel may need to have access to your medical records and to information collected during the study. The results of the study may be used for medical and scientific publications, but you will never be identified personally in any presentations or reports dealing with this research.
What if I want to be taken out of a study after I am enrolled?
You may withdraw from any study at any time, and you will not be penalized for doing so. You will always be able to continue to receive medical care at the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program even if you decide to withdraw from a study for any reason.
Who do I contact if I have a problem while I am on a research study?
The research staff should be your first call if you have a problem while you are on a study. They can be reached either at (608) 265-8799 or (608) 265-0316. You can also call the paging operator at (608) 262-2122 and have one of the HIV/Immunology research nurses paged.
If you are unable to reach research staff you can always call the clinic nurses in the HIV Care program at (608) 263-0946, and they can decide what needs to be done.
After hours, or on weekends, if there were a severe problem you would need to go to the Emergency Room at University Hospital.