There’s no doubt the world is desperately in need of an HIV vaccine. Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit (VTU) is leading the fight against HIV/AIDS. We pursue innovative prevention strategies against HIV and even the common cold.
You can make an impact by joining one of our paid research studies.
We need volunteers to help move science toward a preventive vaccine. Sign up now to see if you can help with one of our paid studies.
Our research studies aim to ease human suffering as a result of HIV. Volunteers are critical to this work.
It is important to us that you understand more about participating in our studies as well as the diseases we are working against. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions we’ve heard from our study participants.
Call or text us at (425) 610-6448 so we may ask you a few simple questions and schedule a screening visit.
You will be given plenty of time to consider whether or not you want to join the study. If you do enroll, you may still leave the study at any time without losing the benefits of your standard medical care or any other services provided at our location.
During the study, clinicians will monitor you to ensure your safety. Throughout the study, any new information researchers learn about the study products will be shared with study participants.
Do I get paid for my time in the study?
Yes! Each study has a different compensation amount for your time and inconvenience.
Each study has its own unique set of criteria.
Most of all we are looking for people who are committed to making a difference in the world.
Although we would like our volunteers to be committed to completing the study, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time.
Currently we have staff available from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. most weekdays and on Wednesdays we are in from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. We are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. You would need to be able to have a few 90-minute appointments for vaccination visits. If you can get in to work at 8:30 a.m. a few times a year or leave work early at 4 p.m. or take an extended lunch break, you might be able to join.
Study participants play a very important role in our research, and the safety and rights of participants are given the highest priority. Our studies meet international standards for ethical research that were created by the Helsinki Declaration of the World Medical Association and Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) guidelines.
During an HIV vaccine study, all of the data is reviewed by a Safety Monitoring Board. This group of experts can stop the study at any time if they feel that the risks for participants are too great.
In addition, our study location works with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institutional Review Board (IRB), sometimes called an Ethics Committee, that reviews all of the details of the study. These groups also make certain that the rights of participants are protected.
It is important for participants to know that any new study product may have both medical and non-medical risks, and there may be additional risks that we do not know about yet.
Before you join a study, volunteers are provided with information about the reasons for the study, about possible risks and benefits, and about study procedures. Clinic staff will allow plenty of time to talk with volunteers and answer their questions, and information is also provided in writing.