Southwest CARE Center (SCC) has the leading HIV research program in New Mexico.

SCC started out in the field of research at a period when options were limited in the treatment of HIV. In November of 1994, through a compassionate-treatment lottery, individuals were selected to receive one of the first Protease Inhibitors – Indinavir. At that time we were the AIDS Wellness Program and among the first to be a part of this historic turn in the fight against HIV. A new era in HIV treatment emerged, and what was once a fatal disease had now effectively become a manageable illness. The introduction of a Protease Inhibitor paved the way for the continued research and development of more efficacious and better tolerated drugs and we have continued to dedicate our resources to assisting in these developments so that our patients may be given the best opportunity at a normal life span.

Two principles underpin our research program:

  1. The research must provide an option or options for treating our patients which is otherwise unavailable.
  2. The research must significantly add to the body of knowledge about HIV and/or its' treatment.

Unless we are certain that one or the other of these principles has been met, we do not proceed with a research protocol.

Following in the spirit of these principles, SCC has branched out into the research of better treatment options for individuals living with Hepatitis C (HCV). With the addition of HCV research, we once again find ourselves at the forefront of therapeutic advancements; helping to develop safer and more effective drugs.

We pride ourselves in the care and attention we give to our research program. Safety is our first priority and this means strict monitoring and close scrutiny of our research patients. We have an excellent reputation, both nationally and internationally, for our contributions to the field of HIV and now HCV research. We have published our research findings in a number of leading journals and have presented our findings at major conferences.

If you are a patient of SCC, it is important to remember that if you are approached by a member of our staff about the possibility of being in a research study, no attempt will be made to persuade you against your wishes to be in a study and the quality of your care will not be affected in any way if you decline.

If you would like more information about our research program and our current research protocols, please feel free to contact a member of our staff. We are very proud of this program and will be happy to share any information about it with you.

Here at Southwest CARE Center, we are committed to practicing state-of-the-art care, as well as helping to define and create what is state-of-the-art!