The West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center is seeking veterans to participate in a VA study of the new drug AZT (azidothymidine) to determine its effectiveness in treatment of AIDS-related complex (ARC).
The purpose of the study, according to Dr. Sydney Finegold, director of the study at the West Los Angeles center where he is associate chief of staff for research and development, is to determine whether AZT therapy can halt the course of the disease.
Finegold said that interested veterans should contact the outpatient clinic at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.
AIDS-related complex is a stage of the viral infection thought to precede AIDS. Symptoms may include exhaustion, fever, night sweats, diarrhea, swollen lymph glands, loss of appetite and weight and skin rashes. Those most at risk are intravenous drug users, homosexu1634476129partners.
The study will last four years and is the first to evaluate AZT's long-term benefits and toxicity. It is hoped that by focusing on the pre-AIDS stage, the study will contribute to the scant knowledge of the disease's natural history, according to Dr. Lance George, chief of infectious disease and co-director of the West Los Angeles study.