The Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) is the largest and longest running longitudinal study sponsored by the National Institute of Health. For nearly 20 years, with over 20,000 women in this lifetime study, women have been involved in this study, but never before have had we a clinical site in the Southern US…now we have 4, of which Emory is the largest.
SisterLove, Inc. is the community-based participatory research partner and our role is to help recruit and retain treatment naive women – newly diagnosed and those out of care.
This is a comprehensive biological health study that offers women an opportunity to receive the most advance medical attention, studying how HIV has affected/infects their body and examine the challenges facing women living with HIV.
Women must be between 25-60 year old, biologically a female at birth and HIV positive to participate. Once involved women will receive a screening and two study visits per year, comprehensive medical, lifestyle and social history interviews, along with a physical examination, biological sampling (blood, urine, hair, and saliva) and pelvic exams. Women would also be compensated in cash for their time, offered snacks and given an opportunity to be apart a worldwide research project.
The Atlanta WIHS is an awesome resource/intervention designed to retain women for at least 20 years of their lives.