Overview of the oral HIV/AIDS Research Alliance Program

Adv Dent Res. 2011 Apr;23(1):28-33. doi: 10.1177/0022034511399084.


The Oral HIV/AIDS Research Alliance is part of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group, the largest HIV clinical trial organization in the world, and it is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The alliance's main objective is to investigate the oral complications associated with HIV/AIDS as the epidemic is evolving-in particular, the effects of potent antiretrovirals on the development of oral mucosal lesions and associated fungal and viral pathogens. Furthermore, oral fluids are being explored for their potential monitoring and diagnostic role with respect to HIV disease and coinfections. This article presents an overview of the alliance, its scientific agenda, and an outline of the novel interventional and noninterventional clinical studies ongoing and developing within the AIDS Clinical Trials Group infrastructure in the United States and internationally.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / drug therapy
  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / virology
  • Anti-HIV Agents / adverse effects
  • Anti-HIV Agents / pharmacology
  • Anti-HIV Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Clinical Audit
  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Dental Research*
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy
  • HIV-1*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Lymph Nodes / virology
  • Mouth Diseases / complications*
  • Mouth Diseases / drug therapy
  • Mouth Diseases / virology
  • Mouth Mucosa / virology
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (U.S.)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (U.S.)
  • Saliva / virology
  • Societies, Dental / organization & administration*
  • United States
  • Viral Load


  • Anti-HIV Agents