WU ID Clinic History

The Washington University Infectious Diseases (WU ID) Clinic has been providing state-of-the-art HIV primary care services to people living with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic in the 1980s.

The WU ID Clinic has shown tremendous leadership in HIV care and research for the St. Louis region over the past 30 years including the development of:

  • The AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (1987-present)
  • The region’s first women-specific HIV program (The Helena Hatch Special Care Center 1994-1999, SPNS* funded)
  • The HIV Co-Morbidity Collaboration (2004-2006)
  • The HIV and Aging Project (2006-2007)
  • The St. Louis Region Expanded HIV Testing Initiative (2007-present)
  • The HIV-Hepatitis C Co-infection Treatment Expansion Initiative (2010-2012, SPNS* funded)

Numerous WU staff have held leadership positions in regional HIV care and prevention community planning groups, including three past Planning Council Co-Chairs. Several WU ID Clinic patients have also held leadership positions in community planning groups.

*SPNS = Special Projects of National Significance, which are federal grants funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to develop and evaluate innovative models of care.