about SHCS

The Swiss HIV Cohort Study (SHCS), established in 1988, is a systematic longitudinal study enrolling HIV-infected individuals in Switzerland.

It is a collaboration of all Swiss University Hospital infectious disease outpatient clinics, two large cantonal hospitals, all with affiliated laboratories, and with affiliated smaller hospitals and private physicians carrying for HIV patients.

The SHCS is representative for the Swiss HIV-epidemic. 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

Both studies maintain large biobanks.

The corporate form of the SHCS is a simple partnership and the collaboration is written down in a memorandum of understanding.

From 1988 to 2000, the SHCS was funded by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH/BAG). In 2000, the SHCS was transferred to the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) which since then is the major funding organization. Additional funding originates from the SHCS research foundation and occasionally also from some international collaboration.