The VCU HIV/AIDS Center is one of several multidisciplinary centers created as part of the 1993 university strategic plan. The center serves as a hub to coordinate many of the HIV-related clinical care, research and education activities within the university and is responsible for developing increased collaborative efforts between the university, the community and the state related to HIV/AIDS.


The mission of the VCU HIV/AIDS Center is to improve the health and social condition of persons living with HIV infection and to prevent the spread of HIV. To accomplish this mission, excellence in HIV clinical care is combined with globally relevant clinical, translational and prevention research as well as involvement in multidisciplinary HIV-related education activities and public policy throughout Virginia. Collaboration with numerous VCU, local, state and federal individuals and agencies make this mission possible.

For more information on the VCU HIV/AIDS Center, please contact director Dan Nixon, D.O., Ph.D., at or visit the center’s website.

HIV Clinical Care

The VCU Medical Center’s comprehensive outpatient HIV/AIDS care clinic is the largest in Virginia, caring for more than 1,800 persons living with HIV. Founded in 1988, it serves as a regional referral center for adults and children with HIV infection in and beyond Central Virginia.

Its inner city location is on public transportation routes and convenient for most patients.

In Addition To Providing Primary HIV Care, the Clinic Offers a Number of In-clinic Specialty Services Including:

  • Integrated family/women’s/pediatric HIV health care
  • Specialized services for multi-drug-resistant HIV, HIV pharmacy consults, psychiatric care, hepatitis co-infection
  • State-of-the-art telemedicine HIV care to more than 400 HIV infected inmates at facilities throughout Virginia (Each patient has access to compassionate and highly skilled HIV nursing, case managers, adherence and mental health counseling)

The VCU HIV/AIDS Center also supports four Central Virginia Ryan White funded community HIV care clinics that provide care closer to home but with the resources of the VCU Medical Center.

HIV Clinical and Translational Research

VCU contains the only NIH-funded HIV clinical trials unit in the state. It is a member site of two NIH-funded HIV clinical trials networks: the International Network for Strategic Initiatives in Global HIV Trials (INSIGHT) network and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) network.

These networks provide not only access for patients to HIV clinical trials and potentially lifesaving investigational therapies but opportunities for VCU investigators to initiate translational research projects using network resources.

Investigators Are Pursuing HIV Translational Research in Several Areas Including:

  • HIV-associated liver disease
  • HIV-associated inflammatory injury
  • HIV-associated neuro injury

HIV Education

The VCU HIV/AIDS Center is funded by several state and federal grants to provide a broad range of training and services to areas of Virginia. It is home to the Virginia Department of Health-funded Virginia HIV/AIDS Resource and Consultation Center and the Central Virginia local performance site of the HRSA-funded Pennsylvania/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, in addition to other education, anonymous testing and peer-advocate programs.