BETHESDA, MarylandA 5-year, $17.5-million program will investigate
how HIV infection affects adolescent and adult women. Three research centers
will house the Women’s HIV Pathogenesis Program, funded by the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Researchers at the
centers will collaborate with others in an effort to identify biologic factors
unique to women that affect HIV.
The centers will be located at the University of Washington in Seattle, the
Gladstone Institute of Virology in San Francisco, and Rush-Presbyterian-St.
Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.
Researchers will focus on various subpopulations, including minority women,
lesbians, female substance abusers, and women approaching or experiencing
menopause. Understanding biologic factors unique to women could provide
insights into how they become infected with the virus and transmit it to
others, how the disease progresses in women after infection takes place, and
how the disease affects women differently from men, NICHD said.