Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)
The Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a multicenter, prospective study, was established in August 1993 to carry out comprehensive investigations of the impact of HIV infection and its clinical, laboratory, and psychosocial effects in women. The purpose of this study is to collect and evaluate these data from HIV infected and at-risk women to better understand and provide support for women whom are currently HIV infected or who are at risk for HIV infection.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)|
Blood and bodily fluid collection
|Study Start Date:||August 2004|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
HIV in women is increasing worldwide, with women comprising approximately 14% of the total adult and adolescent AIDS cases, the highest proportion yet reported. The impact of AIDS is particularly severe in minority populations; among women, African Americans, and Hispanics combined now represent the majority of AIDS cases (76%) in the United States. AIDS is now the third leading cause of death for women aged 25 to 44 (after cancer and cardiovascular disease) and is the leading cause of death of African American women in this age group.
Studies of HIV and AIDS in women can play a unique role in testing new biological or socio-behavioral hypotheses at the population level and in linking basic science findings and laboratory methods to well-defined populations and communities. Research areas that are likely to draw more attention in the near future will include the study of pathogenicity and transmissibility of different HIV subtypes or recombinant forms and their interaction with variably susceptible individuals; the change in the scope of HIV natural history studies in the era of combination antiretroviral therapy; and the contribution of such studies to the design of a wide spectrum of prevention modalities (e.g., prevention of HIV and prevention of opportunistic infections). In addition, studies of natural history of HIV-related malignancies and active surveillance of malignancies in HIV infected and high-risk uninfected women may lead to new screening and prevention modalities in high-risk populations of women.
Participants will have study visits every 6 months. Questionnaires regarding sexual behavior, health care utilization, medical and obstetric/gynecological history, psychosocial factors, and sociodemographics will be completed by participants. Physical, gynecological, and lipodystrophy examinations will also be conducted at each visit, and current medication regimen will be noted. Blood and other bodily fluid samples will be collected and registered in both local and national repositories of the WIHS in conjunction with NIAID.
|United States, California|
|Univ of Southern California / LA County USC Med Ctr||Recruiting|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 900331079|
|Contact: Yvonne Barranday 323-343-8287|
|University of California - San Francisco||Recruiting|
|San Francisco, California, United States, 94122|
|Contact: Claudia Ponath 415-353-9797|
|United States, District of Columbia|
|Georgetown Univ Med Ctr||Recruiting|
|Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20007|
|Contact: Emily Packard 202-784-6472|
|United States, Illinois|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612|
|Contact: Angie Shansky 312-550-6192|
|United States, New York|
|Montefiore Medical Center||Recruiting|
|Bronx, New York, United States, 10467|
|Contact: Metta Cantlo 718-655-8769|
|SUNY / Health Sciences Ctr at Brooklyn||Recruiting|
|Brooklyn, New York, United States, 11203|
|Contact: Barbara Driscoll 718-270-3310|