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The ACCESS cohort follows HIV-positive injection drug users based in the Greater Vancouver area, primarily in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The primary goal of the ACCESS cohort is to determine the health needs of HIV-positive injection drug users. As with all UHRI cohorts, participants complete an interviewer-administered questionnaire every six months and give blood samples for analysis. Data from the ACCESS cohort allow UHRI investigators to monitor HIV disease and identify how various policies or programs affect outcomes from HIV treatment. Aside from generating data to inform the delivery of HIV treatment services, a central objective of the UHRI research team is to connect study participants with HIV care and other services when needed.

To contact the ACCESS/VIDUS study office, please call 604-685-6355 (toll-free 1-888-338-4387), or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it