Conversations and healthy debate about issues facing our industry and the health care system are critical to addressing some of today’s challenges and opportunities. The Catalyst welcomes guest discussions, including patients, stakeholders, innovators and others, to share their perspectives and point of view. Views represented here may not be those of PhRMA, though they are no less key to a healthy dialogue on issues in health care today. As we celebrate Clinical Trials Awareness Week, we spoke with Nina Martinez, who has participated in a clinical trial.
Nina Martinez was diagnosed with HIV in 1991, after receiving tainted blood through a transfusion as a baby. More than two decades later, she’s a healthy, happy adult. She credits the development of HIV medications to treat children in the late 1980s and early 1990s with her survival. In college, she began volunteering for clinical research to give back to the science that helped save her life and has become a fervent advocate for clinical trial participation. Nina and other health care leaders will participate in a Twitter chat tomorrow from noon-1 p.m. ET on the importance of clinical trials. Use #CTAW2016 to engage.