Hypothetical situation on transmission of HIV

Oct 13th, 2015
Price: $10 USD

Question description

AZT and other anti-HIV drugs have the potential to prevent the transmission of HIV to the children of infected mothers. But anti-AIDS drugs are too expensive for many people in developing nations. 

Comment on the following hypothetical situation:

Some researchers have proposed a series of trials in which HIV-infected pregnant women are given very small doses of current anti-HIV medications. Such research has the potential to determine the smallest effective dose of medication to prevent transmission, and this could save many lives by reducing the cost of drug treatment. But such a trial could also result in HIV-infected babies being born to women with doses that were too small -- a situation that could potentially have been prevented.

  1. What are the ethical issues here? 
  2. What are the potential scientific and/or medical benefits? The potential costs? How do you measure the relative value of each? 
  3. Provide an alternative option to this situation.
*Provide links/references used to get information and should be about 2-3 paragraphs long.

Tutor Answer

(Top Tutor) henryprofessor
School: Duke University

Studypool has helped 1,244,100 students

Review from student
" Thanks, good work "
Ask your homework questions. Receive quality answers!

Type your question here (or upload an image)

1826 tutors are online

Brown University

1271 Tutors

California Institute of Technology

2131 Tutors

Carnegie Mellon University

982 Tutors

Columbia University

1256 Tutors

Dartmouth University

2113 Tutors

Emory University

2279 Tutors

Harvard University

599 Tutors

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2319 Tutors

New York University

1645 Tutors

Notre Dam University

1911 Tutors

Oklahoma University

2122 Tutors

Pennsylvania State University

932 Tutors

Princeton University

1211 Tutors

Stanford University

983 Tutors

University of California

1282 Tutors

Oxford University

123 Tutors

Yale University

2325 Tutors