Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine
The prevention and control of infectious diseases is a critical component for protecting the health of any community. The global economy, international travel and migration all contribute to the potential for infectious diseases to spread to new populations. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 160,000 Americans die each year with an infectious disease as the underlying cause of death, and infectious illnesses account for 25 percent of all physician visits each year. In addition, there are currently an estimated one million individuals in the U.S. with HIV, with 40,000 more people being infected every year.
Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice
The Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice (the Partnership), Drexel Medicine's HIV treatment office, enhances the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia. The Partnership provides comprehensive HIV care to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay. We are the largest HIV care center in the Philadelphia region and we provide patients with convenient access to needed services. Learn more about the Partnership.
News and Announcements
2019 Philly AIDS Walk
Members of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine participated in the 2019 Philly AIDS Walk on October 20, 2019. They fundraised $1950 exceeding their goal of $1500.
Abstracts Presented at ID WEEK 2019
The following abstracts were presented by infectious diseases fellows and faculty at this year's ID Week, October 2-6, 2019 at Washington, D.C.
- "Decreased Hepatitis C Virus-Associated Mortality in the Direct-Acting Antiviral Era"
Zainab Wasti, Dagan Coppock, Edgar Chou, Dong Heun Lee (oral presentation)
The abstract was also posted in the NATAP Conference report.
- "Slow Adoption of a Nurse-Driven Protocol for Universal Hepatitis C Virus Screening in a Hospital Emergency Department: Lessons Learned"
Zainab Wasti, Dagan Coppock, Zsofia Szep, Tiffany Scott, Taneesa Franks, Anna Kesaris, Edgar Chou, Dong Heun Lee (a poster)
It has been nearly four decades since HIV became a major threat to public health worldwide. Since then, researchers have developed highly effective treatments that are enabling people with HIV to live longer with a better quality of life. In fact, studies have found that people who take antiretroviral therapy daily and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load do not sexually transmit the virus to others. This concept (sometimes called "treatment as prevention") has led to a global campaign: Undetectable = Untransmittable, or U=U. It is based on an overwhelming body of clinical evidence, according to officials at the National Institutes of Health, and has been endorsed by 872 government agencies and NGOs from 98 countries around the world. Pulse (Summer 2019) Read more.
Elias El Haddad, PhD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, first witnessed people infected with HIV when he was a graduate student conducting research in Lebanon in the 1980s. Before the advent of AZT, the outlook was grim. "People knew they were dying — a big community had come to Lebanon from sub-Saharan Africa, where there was no treatment for them," El Haddad says. "It was worse than cancer in how fast it progressed. Today, the picture is so different, but we still need the ultimate cure, which would be a vaccine." Read more.
Nine abstracts were presented by infectious diseases fellows and faculty at 2018 IDWeek, October 3–7 in San Francisco. Read more.
The Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice 25th Anniversary Celebration
"Living Positively," a symposium on aging with HIV, was presented on September 28, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Behrakis Hall at Drexel University.
In the Media
June 27, 2019: Drexel Medicine’s Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice provided free confidential HIV testing at Free Library locations as part of National HIV Testing Day. The event was featured on WPVI-TV (6-abc) and KYW-TV (CBS-3).
February 28, 2019: Sara Schultz, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, was interviewed in a WCAU-TV (NBC-10) segment about a South Philadelphia serial rape suspect who is HIV positive.
December 18, 2018: Dong Heun Lee, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine Fellowship program, Shelley Hankins, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, and College of Medicine residents authored a case study for Contagion Live about a 79-year-old heart transplant recipient who presented with a potentially fatal case of diarrhea.
November 7, 2018: Judith Wolf, MD, an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about Gardasil, the vaccine that protects against HPV, which has led to worldwide declines in the most dangerous types of the virus. The article was also picked up by The Sentinel.
October 16, 2018: Brigid Mumford, a third-year medical student, was quoted, and Zsofi Szep, MD, an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, was mentioned in a Healio story about their study that found no association between neurocognitive impairment and depression in patients with HIV.
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