Amneris Luque, M.D.
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Thirty years ago, as a young doctor in training near New York City, Amneris Luque was one of the first physicians in the nation to confront AIDS. Since then, she has treated thousands of patients and has witnessed the transition of AIDS, from a certain death sentence to a chronic medical condition with which patients typically live for many years.
Now Luque is medical director of the AIDS Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where more than 1000 patients receive care on an ongoing basis. With her patients she confronts the current challenges of treating HIV, for instance, juggling medications, reducing side effects, and addressing viral resistance.
Her research focuses on factors that play a role in making women more or less likely to contract HIV from a sexual partner and how HIV may increase the chances of acquiring other infectious agents. For instance, she has shown that women with HIV are more likely to have disease related to human papillomavirus or HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. She has also shown that beneficial bacteria found in healthy women help reduce the amount of vaginal HIV among HIV-infected women and might make it more difficult for the virus to spread, boosting the possibility that “good bacteria” might someday be tapped in the fight against HIV. And she is heading a study measuring the hearing of people with AIDS, compared to people without the disease.
A native of Venezuela, Luque has received the Linda Laubenstein HIV Clinical Excellence Award, which recognizes physicians who excel in the care of patients with HIV, and has been recognized by the National Hispanic Medical Association for improving the health of Hispanics.
Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases Division, Department of Medicine
Director of the AIDS Center
University of Rochester Medical Center
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