Public Health clinic doctor reflects on Seattle’s early response to the epidemic.

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Dr King Holmes: The Early Days

HIV clinician Dr. King Holmes still remembers meeting one of the first diagnosed HIV positive patients in Seattle, and the early days of the epidemic. “It became clear fairly quickly that this was going to be a big deal,” Dr. Holmes says. The early days of the epidemic in Seattle were fraught with uncertainty and a rapid rise in cases, notes Dr. Holmes. He describes how the fear created by a widely-publicized HIV transmission threatened to derail his team’s mission to provide sound and compassionate care to people with HIV.

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