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Study of HIV Transmission Sparks Ethics Debate

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Science  07 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5463, pp. 22-23
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5463.22

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A study on AIDS transmission in Uganda has reignited a smoldering debate on the ethics of research in developing countries. Last week, The New England Journal of Medicine published a paper reporting that HIV-infected individuals are much less likely to pass their infection on to a sex partner if they carry a low number of viral particles in their blood. But in an unusual move, the journal also published a strongly worded editorial questioning the study's ethics.