Infectious Diseases Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service
Published December 2006
UC’s Infectious Diseases Center (IDC) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday, Dec. 1—World AIDS Day.
More than 150 people gathered in the Vontz Center Auditorium to commemorate the IDC’s 20 years of providing care for HIV/AIDS patients, initiating and conducting research and supporting community efforts to treat and prevent HIV infection.
The city of Cincinnati and UC issued proclamations recognizing the IDC’s accomplishments.
Since its inception in January 1986, the IDC has cared for about 4,500 people with HIV/AIDS. Each year, it treats nearly 1,600 people with HIV/AIDS and sees 200 new HIV patients annually. The Ohio Department of Health estimates that the IDC is responsible for 85 percent of Tristate HIV/AIDS patients who are receiving care.
“Over the past 20 years, the Infectious Diseases Center has achieved many notable accomplishments in HIV/AIDS care, education and research, which have had a profound impact on Cincinnati patients,” says Peter Frame, MD, founder of the IDC and professor emeritus of medicine.
Since 1987, the IDC has been one of 25 sites funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIAID and the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. The center has received more than $100 million in grant support over the last 20 years, and its research has led to improved treatments.
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic is not going away,” says Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor of clinical medicine. “The number of newly diagnosed people with HIV remains steady each year in Cincinnati. We are extremely grateful for the efforts and support from local, state and federal governments, as well as various funding agencies over the past 20 years.
“With this support, we have discovered potent medicines, learned how to prevent and treat many of the infections that afflict people with AIDS, and learned how to prevent the spread of HIV from a mother to her baby. But we need continuous funding to build upon these accomplishments and continue the fight against HIV/AIDS in Cincinnati.”