Report of the President – January 2012
Before and After

Clinic serves to normalize HIV care
A new clinic allows doctors to become more involved in the community management of HIV.

Dr. MarkAlain Déry says placing HIV care within an "ordinary health clinic" is part of an overall trend to destigmatize HIV. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

In April 2011, Dr. MarkAlain Déry, an instructor of clinical medicine, opened a clinic to provide ongoing HIV/AIDS care to patients regardless of their insurance status. 

Because of the tremendous advances in HIV treatment, Déry says that the disease has become a manageable condition for many. But unlike other chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension, HIV still carries a social stigma that makes it harder for some to seek care. One of his goals is to normalize HIV care.

"This is part of an overall trend to de-stigmatize HIV by placing it in an ordinary health clinic," says Déry, who staffs the clinic along with several medical students.

"We are very excited about this as it will allow us to become more involved in the community management of HIV, offer HIV clinical trials to the community and provide more learning opportunities for students," – Dr. David Mushatt, chief of adult infectious diseases at Tulane

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©2012 Office of Tulane University President Scott Cowen