Infectious diseases are caused by pathogens such as viruses (for instance, the common cold), bacteria, fungi, protozoa, multicellular parasites, and prions. These pathogens are responsible for diseases such as HIV, malaria, cholera, influenza, measles, tuberculosis, pneumonia, HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, and many more.
Because there are so many infectious diseases, it’s safe to say that everyone will be ill with an infectious disease at various points in their lives. Tuberculosis alone, with 11,000 new cases reported in 2011 in the U.S., is estimated to have affected one third of the world’s population. An estimated 33 million people worldwide are infected by HIV.
Symptoms of infectious diseases vary widely with the specific diseases, depending on what body system is affected by which pathogen; some infectious diseases show no symptoms at all for much or even their entire course in a given host. Infectious diseases are primarily diagnosed by clinical presentation (symptoms), microbial cultures, and biochemical tests.
Artemis Institute for Clinical Research conducts clinical trials of investigative medications for the treatment of different infectious diseases. Qualified adults participating in a trial may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel, study-related medical and psychological evaluations, and the investigative study medication at no cost.
If you suffer from an infectious disease and would like to volunteer for a study, or if you know someone suffering from an infectious disease who may want to volunteer, please send us your request using the Join a Study form, or call us toll-free at 855-DoStudies (855.367.8834).