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Thursday, May 05, 2005

AP Enterprise: Federal Researchers Tested AIDS Drugs on Foster Children Without Basic Protection

I was alerted to this article by Cyrus who is the author of the blog Xenophon. This is reprehensible. This is another Tuskegee experiment. After reading this article, there are too many inconsistencies to go into any kind of detail and it is way too depressing. It is clear to me that these researchers are withholding pertinent information that hides their true intentions.

To gain access to hundreds of HIV-infected foster children, federally funded researchers promised in writing to provide an independent advocate to safeguard the kids' well-being as they tested potent AIDS drugs. But most of the time, that special protection never materialized, an Associated Press review has found.

Several studies that enlisted foster children reported that patients suffered side effects such as rashes, vomiting and sharp drops in infection-fighting blood cells, and one reported a "disturbing" higher death rate among children who took higher doses of a drug, records show.

These researchers know that these anti-retroviral drugs will reduce the infection-fighting blood cells (white cells) of those taking these drugs, and yet they gave these drugs to minority children in foster care anyway. When you have a sharp drop in infection-fighting blood cells this is now classified as AIDS. What this says is that (as I stated before) these drugs cause your immune system to fail (an Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), the very thing they said they were trying to prevent.

Many studies that enlisted foster children involved early Phase I and Phase II research the riskiest to determine side effects and safe dosages so children could begin taking adult "cocktails," the powerful drug combinations that suppress AIDS but can cause bad reactions like rashes and organ damage. What they are saying to me is this - if you need research subjects, minority children in foster care are expendable.

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