Format

Send to

Choose Destination
J Virus Erad. 2016;2:49-51.

Women in HIV cure research: multilevel interventions to improve sex equity in recruitment.

Author information

1
Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
2
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA.
3
Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, UK.
4
UNC Center for Bioethics, Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
5
Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; University of North Carolina Project-China, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

Abstract

Women are underrepresented in HIV cure research. In this paper we discuss the rationale for including women and propose multilevel strategies to improve sex equity in HIV cure research. The inadequate inclusion of women in HIV cure research is concerning for both scientific and ethical reasons. Biological responses to HIV and HIV treatment, as well as social contexts, differ between men and women, and this may affect the efficacy of curative interventions. Strategies for improving sex equity in HIV cure research include addressing eligibility criteria, adapting recruitment strategies, engaging community members early in the research process, and promoting funder policy changes. We conclude by describing the Gender, Race, and Clinical Experience (GRACE) study, which is one example of how women can be effectively recruited into HIV-related clinical trials. While HIV cure research is currently in the early stages, as it continues to develop it is important to mobilise for adequate inclusion of women.

KEYWORDS:

HIV cure research; equity; women

PMID:
26966553
PMCID:
PMC4780361

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center