HIV Rates Are Increasing in Gay/Bisexual Teens

IRB Barriers to Research Must Be Resolved to Bend the Curve
      Federal regulations (45 CFR 46) created IRBs to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. Like overprotective parents whose short-term precautions have the unintended long-term consequence of depriving their children of the opportunity to develop skills necessary to be independent adults, IRBs are complicit in the creation of health inequities when their disapproval of studies systematically prevent some communities from having the opportunity to receive the benefits of research. When health inequities are produced, even in part, by scientific inequities created through a system chartered to protect human well-being, the imbalance must be called to account. Against the backdrop of recent developments in proposed revision to the Common Rule that governs IRB policies and new scientific opportunities to create an HIV/AIDS-free generation, this article recounts how the highest-risk group in the U.S. has been too often left behind, and the role IRBs have played in enacting these disparities.
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