Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. Today a generous funder will match your donation 2 to 1. That means when you give $15 today, your donation will be worth $45. So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to help make sure Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Your Donation: $
Wednesday, April 23, 1997 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: Discrimination in the Ranks: New York Police...
1997-04-23

US AIDS Experiments on Women and Children in Developing Nations

download:   Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

Pregnant women in Africa, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic, are being given "treatments" in 9 studies, in which approximately 1000 babies are expected to die as a result of not receiving AZT treatment, the standard regimen. Participants have, in some cases, a 50% chance of getting AZT or a placebo, but all are desperately poor and would be unable to afford paying for AZT. Government and industry claim that these experiments are justified since these patients would not have any chance of AZT treatment. Dr. Wolfe claims that conducting experiments in other countries that would not be allowed in one’s own country which involve the withholding of known effective treatment, violates basic medical ethics to do no harm, as well as Nuremburg Codes, as well as obtaining consent for drug test participation under coercion.

Guests:

Dr. Peter Lurie, AIDS Researcher, Public Citizen

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, Physician & Director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Grou


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

This is viewer supported news