Since 1990, the University of Kentucky Division of Infectious Diseases has provided a continuum of HIV primary care from diagnosis to end of life to over 1,000 persons from central and eastern Kentucky. A team of physicians, recognized for their treatment of HIV disease and board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in Infectious Diseases, staffs the Bluegrass Care Clinic. In addition to providing patient care, these physicians are actively engaged in HIV teaching, training, and research, and serve as co-investigators for all University of Kentucky HIV clinical trials. Physicians are aided by nurses, pharmacists and other clinicians to deal with the complex management of infectious diseases.
The Bluegrass Care Clinic serves as one of four federally funded Ryan White HIV/AIDS Clinics within the state of Kentucky. The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, enacted in 1990, amended in 1996, reauthorized in 2006 and 2009, was named for Ryan White, an Indiana teenager, in honor of his public struggle against AIDS-related discrimination.
The Bluegrass Care Clinic's mission is to provide a continuum of high quality, state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary HIV primary care in a compassionate, culturally sensitive manner. Our goal is to achieve 100% access to HIV primary care with 0% socioeconomic disparity in health outcomes.
Currently, HIV patients from across the eastern half of the state visit our clinic for services.