No evidence that deaths of HIV-positive foster children was caused by trial medication

Editors note: The original story has been retracted.

Editors note: This story has been retracted. The original article stated that HIV-positive foster children had died as a result of taking experimental AIDS drugs which had been funded by the NIH and NIAID. This is not true. There is no evidence that HIV-positive foster children died as a direct result of these trials.

As Science Feedback points out:

In 2004, author Liam Scheff published claims that New York City foster children who were HIV positive participated in experiments with AIDS drugs in the late 1980s and early 1990s that led to the deaths of children. An investigation by the Vera Institute of Justice found that 25 foster children died during the 88 trials and studies conducted in New York City between 1985 and 2005, but Vera did not find that any of the deaths were caused directly by the drugs from the trials. Additionally, while 81.3 percent of the clinical trials in New York City that involved foster children were funded by National Institutes of Health institutes, including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci’s personal involvement in funding decisions cannot be determined. 

We have therefore retracted the original story and updated the headline.