Established in the 1990s, the Victorian HIV Blood and Tissue Storage Bank and clinical database is an initiative of the state-wide Victorian HIV Service at The Alfred and Burnet Institute.
It has prospectively stored leftover serum samples from requested HIV viral load tests for patients managed at The Alfred. The biobank is active and growing, and currently holds nearly 70,000 samples linked with relevant clinical information from close to 5,000 HIV patients.
It has the ability to track individual patients from naive to treatment suppressed, and also contains historical samples from before the widespread use of anti-retriviral therapy.
The biobank is available as a research tool.
Alliance Partners: Burnet Institute, Alfred Health, Monash University