The Last Gift Study at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is a research study committed to understanding the behavior of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the human body. People with HIV that have less than six months to live due to a terminal illness are eligible to participate. One of the primary aims of this study is to identify where HIV hides in an infected individual. This study is intended for eligible individuals who are willing to consider providing consent to frequent blood draws and a full body donation in the event of death.

The Last Gift study is a collaboration of investigators from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) in San Diego.

Last Gift in the News

KPBS: “HIV Survivors Give Their ‘Last Gift’ In A New San Diego Study”

The Last Gift Study was featured on the September 11, 2017 public broadcast of KPBS which further discusses the background and current progress of the study’s research. You can view the full KPBS article, video, and transcript by clicking clicking here.

Photo by Matthew Bowler.

The Economist: “HIV+ volunteers are bequeathing their organs to a new project”

The Last Gift Study was featured in the science and technology section of The Economist on May 31st, 2018. See the article here.


Articles from a three-part feature in Infectious Disease Advisor

Last Gift Study: End-of-Life HIV Research

Last Gift Study: A Community Member’s Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

Last Gift Study: A Participant’s Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research