The Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc. (HSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life and quality of care for individuals and families affected by Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS).
HS is an inflammatory skin disease that affects an estimated 1% of the population. The main features of HS include painful and chronically recurring, deep-seated follicular nodules, papules, pustules and abscesses, scarring, sinus tracts and recurrent discharge. The areas most commonly affected are under the arms, groin, buttocks, and under the breasts. The disease is variable and recurrent. It may present with solitary or multiple lesions in one area, with lesions in many areas, or in more severe cases may have large areas of skin affected by recurrent, draining lesions that are very difficult to heal.
Past medical research details a disease in which the time taken to diagnose is measured in years or even decades, and is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. These issues compound the high morbidity and disabling nature of the disease. Therefore there is an urgent need for detailed investigations into the nature of Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
The HSF fosters and encourages worldwide research by developing and supporting an interdisciplinary family of scientists and physicians devoted to studying the molecular and cellular basis of HS, in order to develop and deliver more effective forms of treatment and preventative measures for those with this common, debilitating, and eminently chronic disease.
Founded in 2005 and incorporated in the state of California, USA, our continued success depends on financial support not only from research and development grants but also from individual gifts and corporate/industry sponsorships. For more information on how you can support the HSF, please refer to the support section. Together with your help, we can make a difference in the lives of those who suffer with HS. Your charitable donations to the HSF are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Tax ID # 20-3246772.