Clinical trials help us to understand the causes, progression and other effects of diseases and find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat them. Throughout the history of HIV, many people have taken part in clinical trials, which is why we have effective treatment today.
At the Royal Free London we have a dedicated team devoted to running many different trials, including of new antivirals, novel combinations of therapies, treatment at different stages of HIV and even questionnaires concerning different aspects of living with HIV. Trials may be funded by pharmaceutical companies or by academic organisations such as the UK Medical Research Council or can be an individual researcher’s work.
All studies, especially if the trial involves medication, are closely monitored and recorded. Many patients participating in clinical trials find they have a more active role in their healthcare and they may also gain access to new treatments before they are more widely available with additional intensive monitoring.
“All clinical trials and studies follow strict guidelines and are always approved by an ethics committee before the trial/study begins. In the last 5 years, we have conducted over 60 clinical studies ranging from drug trials to observational studies and over 2000 patients have participated in these.”
“If you would like to participate in a clinical trial please speak to your doctor at your next appointment or a member of the research team. Alternatively you can call the research office on 020 7472 6232. The team will be happy to discuss what studies are available and currently recruiting.”