The UAB 1917 Clinic provides comprehensive and compassionate health care for people with HIV infection. This is accomplished through specialty clinics for HIV patients with needs in dermatology, dental, oncology, neurology, addition recovery, and palliative care and social service support.
By the time the 1917 Clinic had formed in 1988, a sufficient number of researchers and physicians were already in place. The Clinic provided a specialized environment in which to treat patients and study HIV. The blood and tissue samples collected over the years have been used to learn how HIV causes disease, and have contributed to the development of increasingly more effective treatments.
The clinic also facilitates interactions between laboratory scientists by providing clinical specimens from well-characterized patients; and conducting clinical trials of new approaches to treatment. By participating in a clinical trial a patient has the chance to receive an experimental drug or treatment before it is widely available, the opportunity to receive regular medical attention and other services at little or no cost, and the satisfaction of contributing to scientific knowledge about the disease and improving existing treatments.
For more information, please check The 1917 Clinic website.