Fighting the Pest—HPV Clinical Trials
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. There are over 100 types of HPV, ranging from low to high-risk ones.
According to the CDC, HPV is the number one sexually transmitted disease (STD), but infection can occur without intercourse.
In most cases, the virus doesn’t cause any symptoms, and most people are not even aware that they have it. Yet, some HPV types can cause:
- Genital warts that are usually harmless though not a pleasant sight
- Abnormal cell changes that can lead to certain types of cancer
While there is no known cure for HPV, the infection is treatable and partially preventable via a vaccine.
Scientists are currently working on several vaccines that could stop the progression of HPV or HPR-related complications. Some of them have passed preclinical studies and are now in clinical trials.
What Are HPV Clinical Studies?
Clinical trials are defined as part of clinical research that aims to determine the safety and efficacy of a new medical approach for humans. Depending on their primary focus, these studies branch into different types ranging from treatment to quality-of-life clinical trials.
HPV clinical trials fall within the treatment, prevention, or diagnostics trials focused on HPV or related health issues.
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Why Should I Take Part in HPV Clinical Trials?
If you or someone you know is infected with this persistent virus, clinical trials focused on it could be beneficial for multiple reasons.
Based on the CDC data, 14,000 men get cancer, and 4,000 women die due to HPV-related cervical cancer annually, so you could partake in driving the medical field forward and be involved in making a breakthrough.
Experienced doctors and scientists will be in charge of the study and monitor your body reactions. You will be in the best hands, getting excellent medical care. Besides that, you may be the first one to get treatment not yet available for general use.
Some HPV-focused clinical trials may give pay for participation or some other form of compensation, such as covering the cost of food, travel, or accommodation.
How Safe Are HPV Clinical Studies?
Clinical trials follow extensive lab research and tests on tissues or animals to assess what risks a certain approach involves and whether it triggers any negative side effects.
The United States has strict regulations governing the approval and conduct of clinical trials. Enactment of these rules is closely monitored by appointed authorities tasked with preserving the integrity of the study and protecting the subject safety.
These crucial authorities are:
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—reviewing the results of preclinical studies, approving clinical trials, and inspecting the study sites as well as people involved
- Institutional Review Board (IRB)—ensuring that the study follows the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines
- Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB)—reviewing and assessing the study data related to safety, conduct, progress, and efficacy
Before you enroll, you will have a discussion with the research recruiters during which you will get all the details about:
- The study process and what’s expected of you
- The expected benefits and risks
- Your rights
The purpose of the discussion is to acquaint you with the concept of the study and gain your consent. This is a great opportunity to ask as many questions as you see fit to clarify all the uncertain aspects of the study before you sign the informed consent form.
Each clinical trial involves a certain degree of risk, and there could be unforeseen events at any time. Informed consent grants you the right to always know what is going on and to quit participation if you feel your safety is compromised.
How Do I Decide Whether To Participate in an HPV Clinical Trial?
The decision to participate in a clinical trial is far from an easy one to make. To be certain it is the right path to take, you should consult your primary health care provider.
Based on your medical history and overall well-being, they will offer their professional opinion and point out the pros and cons of your prospective enrollment.
What Happens After HPV Clinical Trial’s Completion?
Depending on the testing phase, the researchers will review and evaluate the results and decide whether further studies are due, i.e., whether the results have medical merit.
If the results of a Phase 3 trial prove that a novel approach is safe and more effective than the standard one, they are submitted to the FDA for review and approval to be a new standard medical practice.
Once your participation in an HPV clinical trial is completed, that doesn’t mean that the study is over, but you will have an exit interview. This might be a good time to inquire about the results, next steps, or access to the new treatment or post-trial health care.
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