WIHSThe Women's Interagency HIV Study, WIHS, began in 1993 to investigate the impact of HIV infection on women in the United States. It is the largest and longest ongoing U.S. study of HIV-infected women. The study receives support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Center for Research Resources, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The original WIHS clinical sites are located in and around 6 cities in the US: Bronx, NY; Brooklyn, NY; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Chicago, IL. Four new southern sites have just been added to the study, including a site in Birmingham AL. This site is a collaborative effort between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) CFAR and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The WIHS data management and coordinating center is in Baltimore, MD. Each consortium is headed by a principal investigator, is affiliated with local research institutes to see study participants, and has its own Community Advisory Board.