FAQs About CRI

FAQs ABOUT CRI

For FAQs about HDAP, click here.
For FAQs about CRI’s clinical trials, click here.

How is CRI different from other AIDS organizations?
Why is the HIV Drug Assistance Program important?
Why is community-based clinical research important?
What types of research does CRI do?
How can I support CRI’s work?
Is my donation tax deductible?


How is CRI different from other AIDS organizations?

CRI is an independent, nonprofit, community-based organization in New England that focuses on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (HCV) treatment research. CRI also administers the Massachusetts HIV Drug Assistance Program and Comprehensive Health Insurance Initiative programs (HDAP/CHII). These programs provide access to medications and health insurance coverage for eligible Massachusetts residents with HIV. This combination of cutting-edge clinical research expertise and treatment access makes CRI a unique organization. CRI has an almost 25-year proven track record of finding safer and more effective treatments for HIV and providing lifesaving access to medications for those in need.

Why is the HIV Drug Assistance Program important?

HDAP provides access to critical HIV-related medications for residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are otherwise unable to obtain these lifesaving drugs. HDAP is designed to help those who cannot afford to pay the full cost of vital HIV-related drugs. CHII is a sub-program of HDAP that can help pay for health insurance premiums as well as drug copayments.

HDAP/CHII plays a crucial role in providing resources to a diverse population that may otherwise lack access to HIV-related medications. More than half of HDAP enrollees are from communities of color; approximately three-quarters of HDAP clients have incomes of less than two-hundred percent of the federal poverty level ($22,980).

But why is treatment access important?  With the help of these amazing new drugs, viral loads can reach undetectable levels for an indefinite period, and the chance of transmission of HIV to others is dramatically reduced. Ultimately, this is where treatment becomes prevention.

Why is community-based clinical research important?

Clinical research trials are the fastest and most effective way of finding what strategies work best to help patients live more productive, comfortable, and healthy lives. Clinical research trials also offer participants opportunities to gain access to new and potentially lifesaving treatments before they would otherwise be available. The health of patients in clinical trials is closely tracked by expert HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) physicians and study nurses.

For many individuals, large institutional settings can be intimidating. As an alternative, CRI offers a small, community environment and personal attention from research staff, who are always happy to answer questions. In addition, some clinical research trials are designed in direct response to CRI’s own patients’ needs. These urgent questions are not otherwise being answered and have the potential to benefit other HIV- and HCV-positive people around the world.

What types of research does CRI do?

CRI conducts HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (HCV) clinical research trials at our Boston location. These carefully planned studies are designed to answer specific questions about the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and treatments. CRI’s clinical trials may study new medications to treat HIV/AIDS and HCV or investigate FDA-approved medications in novel ways, such as new combinations or regimens. CRI’s research can also provide information on side effects, dosing issues, sequencing of drugs, and questions like when to switch drugs. These studies may also examine how to help individuals manage their medications and adhere to lifesaving treatments. Click here for details on our recent clinical trials.

How can I support CRI’s work?

  • Donate: Every donation made to CRI assists us in providing people living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (HCV) the benefits of cutting-edge clinical research, treatment, and education. Interested in planned giving, bequests, matching gifts, or other types of giving? Visit our Ways to Give page.
  • Volunteer: CRI’s innovative HIV/AIDS and HCV research depends on active, involved people. Learn more about CRI and our work by becoming a volunteer.
  • Network: Help us build our online community! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Like us, share our updates, and invite your family and friends to follow us as well.
  • Participate in Events: You can ride or crew for Team CRI at the Harbor to the Bay bike ride. One-hundred percent of proceeds from this ride go directly to local HIV/AIDS beneficiaries, including CRI. You can also attend one of our special events or become more involved by joining a host committee.
  • Become a Corporate Partner: CRI is always interested in developing new partnerships with organizations of all sizes. We welcome the opportunity to work with you as a corporate sponsor, in-kind donor, or corporate partner.


Is my donation tax deductible?

CRI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our tax ID # is 043045706.