Helping clinicians and scientists to share research and new approaches to prevent, diagnose, treat, and one day cure HIV/AIDS.
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From the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, researchers and physicians at UC San Diego have been on the front lines, striving to understand and defeat a terrible foe.

Since the 1980’s, HIV/AIDS research at UC San Diego has been at the forefront of discoveries that shape treatment standards on a global scale. Ranked second only to Harvard as one of the highest impact institutions in HIV/AIDS research (Science 321:521, 2008), the UC San Diego is profoundly changing the study, treatment and prevention of HIV throughout the world.

In 1996, the AIDS Research Institute (ARI), an Organized Research Unit (ORU), was established by the Regents of the University of California to coordinate the diverse HIV/AIDS research and clinical activities at UC San Diego. In 2017 the ARI evolved into The HIV Institute to acknowledge our scientists’ focus on preventing, treating and curing HIV before it progresses to AIDS.

We facilitate three-way communication between researchers, clinicians, and our San Diego community with the ultimate goal of devising innovative and much needed approaches to prevent, diagnose, treat and ultimately cure HIV/AIDS.

Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, when San Diego physicians were caring for patients rapidly dying of an unknown disease in what resembled battleground medicine, our physicians and researchers have been focused on the goals of first characterizing and then curing HIV infection, as well as preventing transmission to those not infected.

Our pursuit of these goals has led to ground-breaking, innovative and highly collaborative science involving investigators from multiple San Diego institutions.