The Infectious Diseases Center (IDC) was established on January 7, 1986 to provide care, initiate and conduct research, and support community efforts to treat and prevent HIV infection. With support from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and department of internal medicine's division of infectious diseases, the IDC, originally known as the AIDS Treatment Center, was founded by Peter T. Frame, MD. Since its inception, the IDC has provided care to more than 5,000 people with HIV infection. Annually, the IDC provides care to an estimated 1,600 people with HIV infection. Currently, the IDC receives $3 million in annual funding from the Cincinnati Health Network (Ryan White Title III funds), the National Institutes of Health and other grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Today, the IDC is a collaborative partnership between the University of Cincinnati and University Hospital. Over the past 22 years the IDC has established numerous community partnerships with agencies and groups that provide clinical care and services and education programs for members of our community. A partial list includes StopAIDS, Caracole, Inc., Crossroads, the Cincinnati Health Network, the Cincinnati Health Department, The Hamilton County Justice Center, 4-CHARIS, and Health Care for the Homeless.
Notable accomplishments of the Infectious Diseases Center over the past 22 years include:
- Comprehensive primary and consultative care for 5,000 persons with HIV/AIDS.
- Access to top quality health care resulting in a reduction in the mortality rate from HIV/AIDS with the IDC being recognized as a Center for Excellence in the treatment of HIV/AIDS (Note: At the IDC in 1995, 157 people died from AIDS and in 2008, 27 people died from AIDS representing an 80% reduction!).
- Reduction in Maternal-Child Transmission of HIV infection. Since 1997, only four infants were born with HIV infection in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area. Only one of those four was born at University Hospital!
- Recognition of three providers, Cincinnati's Top Doctors Awards to Drs. Feinberg, Fichtenbaum, and Grubbs.
- 2006 Cincinnati Business Courier Health Care Heroes Award to Drs. Frame, Feinberg, and Fichtenbaum on behalf of the IDC.
- IDC provides care to 85-percent of all known HIV-infected persons in the Tri-state region.
- Only health care provider in the Tri-state to receive Ryan White Title III funds to provide clinical care for HIV.
- Education and training of hundreds of health care providers on the proper management of HIV infection.
- AIDS Education Training Center Site for Southern Ohio.
- Sponsor of Annual Symposium on the state-of-the-art care of HIV Infection providing continuing medical education to area providers.
- One of 47 funded sites by the National Institute of Health, NIAID, AIDS Clinical Trials Units. Funded since 1987.
- Participation and initiation in research that has led to improved treatments for HIV infection and opportunistic illnesses.
- University of Cincinnati affiliated programs has attracted more than $100 million in grant support over the last 22 years.
- Comprehensive "one-stop shopping" program for persons with HIV infection that includes physician and nurse visits, laboratory testing, financial counseling, mental health services, pharmacy services and access to research studies and investigational medications.