Human tissues from both infected and uninfected individuals are necessary to continue the vital work of discovering new therapies for HIV/AIDS and minimizing adverse side effects from treatment. NDRI receives funding through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to procure organs and tissues from HIV-positive donors for the research community. The HIV Program has established a network of organizations to identify and refer HIV-positive organ and tissue donors to NDRI. In addition, NDRI’s Private Donor Program allows patients with HIV to register as organ and tissue donors for research prior to surgery or death.
NDRI can provide researchers with de-identified relevant medical history for each donor, as available, including:
Recent CD4 counts
Co-infections (HBV, HCV, TB, etc.)