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HIV Vaccine Research Curriculum Overview

This PDF provides an overview of the HIV Vaccine Research Curriculum. This unit explores the scientific and ethical issues involved in clinical HIV vaccine trials using human research participants. The unit begins by examining studentsÂ’ current knowledge of HIV, and by reviewing HIV structure and transmission. Next, it familiarizes students with types of vaccines and with challenges related to creating an HIV vaccine. Students are encouraged to explore issues related to human research participants using basic ethical principles and historical case studies. Lastly, global issues regarding the pandemic are explored to give the students an understanding of cultural issues involved in the spread of HIV. This cultural context introduces students to ethical dilemmas inherent in the selection of human participants in global vaccine trials. The lessons culminate in having students design their own hypothetical HIV vaccine clinical trial, based upon knowledge of HIV structure, vaccine characteristics, human research participants considerations, and global contexts.

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Resource Type: Diagram, Illustration, Lecture / Lecture Outline / Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan, Scientific Standards & Guidelines
Audience Level: Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School lower division (Grades 9-10), High School upper division (Grades 11-12), Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)

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