Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
In Service to Medicine: A Vermont Approach to HIV Care for 25 Years
In Service to Medicine: A Vermont Approach to HIV Care
In 1987, a team of Vermont colleagues came together to build a statewide network – the Comprehensive Care Clinics – to provide HIV/AIDS patients with safe, accessible, personalized care. Back then, the goal of the program was to develop a model of care for those with a deadly and complex disease that could be delivered in a rural state such as Vermont.
The first clinic was established at Fletcher Allen in 1987, about five years after the first reported case of the disease in Vermont. The opening of other clinics followed in the 1990s in Rutland, Brattleboro and St. Johnsbury.
Today, with improved medications, the response to the disease has changed. People have stopped dying and patients are living longer and have almost normal life spans. The new expectation is that you can live with HIV. But there is a need to have a structure in place to provide medication, monitor patients, and keep them strong.
Infectious disease specialist Christopher Grace, M.D., professor at the UVM College of Medicine, has been at the forefront of the extraordinary transformation of medical care since the first AIDS patient was identified 25 years ago. Learn more from Dr. Grace and his colleagues about the challenges to address the needs of rural populations, and how the Comprehensive Care Clinic approach was unique for treating people with HIV/AIDS.
- From Our Blog: Vermont HIV Clinic Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Looks Toward Future of HIV Treatment
- Vermont Medicine: 25 Years of Care and Advocacy - HIV CARE in Vermont
- Get Tested Vermont: HIV/AIDS can be prevented and treated. Do you know your HIV status?
- HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Clinics in Vermont: The Comprehensive Care Clinics comprise a four-clinic program dedicated to providing state-of-the-art treatment for all stages of HIV/AIDS as well as primary and specialty care to persons living with HIV/AIDS throughout Vermont.