Established in 1988, the Swiss HIV Cohort study (SHCS) is a prospective cohort study with continued enrolment of HIV-infected persons, aged ≥16 years, who attend outpatient clinics of seven cohort centres, hospitals affiliated with centres, or private practitioners collaborating with the centres.
Standardized data collection forms containing demographic, psychosocial, clinical, laboratory, and treatment information, are completed every six month by physicians and study nurses.
The major goal is to provide optimal patient care, reduce HIV transmission and to conduct research on HIV treatment, pathogenesis, co-infections, immunology and virus – host interactions.
The two studies HIV in pregnancy and HIV in infected children are integrated in the SHCS under the name Swiss Mother and Child HIV Cohort Study (MoCHiV). It aims at preventing mother to child transmission and enrolls HIV-infected pregnant women and their children.
Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology
PD Dr. med Dominique Braun
Head of the Swiss HIV Cohort Center Zurich
University Hospital Zurich