The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests.
Ms Slack and Strode conceived of the legal analysis and prepared the
preliminary analysis. Dr Fleischer redrafted sections of the legal
analysis and helped to draft the overall manuscript. Dr Gray prepared
the introductory sections, made inputs to the legal analysis and helped
to draft the overall manuscript. Ms Ranchod helped to prepare the
analysis of the consent requirements and assisted with drafting the
overall manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
HAVEG is funded by the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative
(SAAVI). The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views
of SAAVI. This article is based on an opinion prepared for the
University of Cape Town research ethics committee. We gratefully
acknowledge inputs from members in clarifying the legal questions. We
thank Robyn von Maltzahn, HAVEG intern, for manuscript preparation.