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What are the Benefits and Risks of Clinical Trials?

for Veterans and the Public

What are the benefits and risks?

Before you start a clinical trial, you should think about the positive and negative things that may happen. In addition, keep a list of questions to ask before joining a trial.


  • You may get frequent free checkups from specialists.
  • You can get free medicine.
  • You can get new medicine that is not yet available from your regular doctor and may work better than the old medicine.
  • You may learn a lot about your condition and how to take care of yourself.
  • You may help medical researchers to find better treatments for all patients with HIV.


  • You may have side effects from the medicine that you did not expect.
  • You may have to have frequent office visits, blood tests, and other medical exams.
  • You may not get better from the treatment.