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Table 3 FGD and KII participant’s perceptions on what their communities would view as facilitators and barriers to HIV research participation, August-October 2006

From: “Research participants want to feel they are better off than they were before research was introduced to them”: engaging cameroonian rural plantation populations in HIV research

  Facilitators
· Improves general community welfare
· Provides comprehensive health services by offering care and treatment for common illnesses
· Protects personal information
· Provides incentives
· Incorporates community input in the planning and implementation phases
· Avoids or minimizes disruptions to ‘everyday life’
  Barriers
· Further fuels fears of HIV test
· Mistrust of researchers (treated as guinea pigs; fail to keep participant information confidential and private)
· Requires people to take time away from work or other important activities
· Access to medical care and treatment difficult or costly, or care and treatment is second-rate
· Promotes risk-taking behaviours
· Requires abstaining from alcohol use and sex