HIV Incidence Testing in Hair

Investigator: Christopher Pilcher, MD
Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Location(s): United States


Christopher Pilcher of the University of California, San Francisco in the U.S. will test the theory that HIV proteins, nucleic acids and antibodies to HIV can be detected in shafts of hair. This possible approach may provide a low-cost tool to determine the timing of HIV infection, which is essential to establish incidence rates in populations.