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HIV respiratory study needs your help to recruit HIV negative participants

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HIV respiratory study needs your help to recruit HIV negative participants
Posted on: February 8 2016, 12:23 pm

Dear all,
I am the patient rep on the HIV respiratory study. This project will study the  rates of respiratory illness in people living with HIV infection who have access to HIV treatment compared to those without HIV infection. The study is being done at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

After our first meeting last week, the study needs help with recruiting HIV negative participants in London.
They would like the HIV community to refer their friends, partners or family.
Please see be brief description of the study invitation letter below, the full text is attached to this post.

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We would like to invite you to participate with a research study that we are undertaking. Participation in this is entirely voluntary and you do not have to take part. This sheet provides some information regarding the study, and we can provide more information and answer any questions that you may have to help you decide if you want to take part or not.
Investigators: Dr Marc Lipman, Dr James Brown

Summary
This project will study rates of respiratory illness in people living with HIV infection who have access to HIV treatment compared to those without HIV infection.

Why is this study needed?
There have been huge improvements in the health of those with HIV since HIV treatments (antiretroviral therapy) have been available. We expect that those who take such treatments may be able to live as long as people without HIV infection.
However, it is becoming clear that treatment for HIV may not remove all the health problems associated with this infection. We know that some people living with HIV are at increased risk of a number of non-AIDS related conditions including heart disease, kidney disease and osteoporosis. The reasons for this are complex and include effects of the HIV virus, effects of the HIV medication and risk factors such as smoking.

Less is known about respiratory disease in people with HIV. We think that people with HIV have more respiratory symptoms and may be more likely to have respiratory illnesses than those without HIV. It is important that we have a better understanding of this so that we can plan strategies to reduce these risks (by, for instance, helping people to stop smoking, or making immunisations against respiratory diseases such as influenza more easily available).
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For further information or interest in the study please contact:
If you would like to take part, or would like us to send more information then please contact the study doctor, James Brown by email at rf.acuterespiratory@nhs.net or by telephone on 07468 934026.

Thanks, Memory
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