Dr. Hunter Handsfield

Infectious Disease
Seattle, WA
52 years experience male

Locations

No current practice; not available for in-person outpatient care

Seattle, WA

Address

Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave, Seattle, WA
Directions

University of Washington Physicians

Seattle, WA

About

Bio

I have had a 40 year career at the forefront of STD diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research, and in prevention of HIV infection, as Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD, and former director of the Seattle-King County STD Control Program. In 2010 I was honored to receive the Distinguished Career Award from the American STD Association, the nation's most prestigious recognition of professional contributions in STDs. I frequently serve as an expert advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on STD/HIV policies and clinical guidelines and recommendations, including the quadrennial national STD treatment guidelines and CDC's current guidelines for routine HIV testing.

Specialties
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Infectious Disease

Public Health

Sexual Health Practitioner

Doctor Q&A

10K Answers
382 Agrees
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Note quite 100%: About 98% conclusive. 6 weeks is conclusive.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Not necessary: The virius is rarely carried on clothing nor transmitted by touching. This is an unnecessary precaution and will not reduce your risk of infection. It ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Syphilis chancre: Chancres are open sores, not skin bumps. However, if it's been under a week or so, maybe the bump will begin to ulcerate, becoming a chancre. With unp ... Read More
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Dr. Handsfield is an outstanding doctor of infectious diseases. He has years of clinical experience and is well respected in his field. I would trust him to care for any family member of mine! Keep u...Read More
Aug 25, 2015
Dr Hunter offers excellent patient advice on a broad range of medical topics in a clear and concise manner. His insightful replies to other Health Tap physicians infectious disease questions is much ...Read More
Oct 27, 2014
Dr H.Hunter Handsfield is an excellent physician he is passionate physician the top of his field and very knowledgeable
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks doctor. Its done after 7 mnths. Do I still need more tests? As I aquired neuropathy right aftr the exposure. I am concerned that it can be due to any std and not...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you doctor for answering my questions in this troubling time of my life. Rethinking my symptoms and fear of HIV sure is harder than expected. I am grateful for ex...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you so very much! I had convinced myself that I had every symptom noted. I am also so excited you were the one who answered my question after weeks of being on th...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 1968MD

Residency

University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals
Completed 1971

Awards

Distinguished Career Award (formerly the Thomas Parran Award), American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, 2010
Silver Award, International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI), 2007

Affiliations

American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association (Executive Committee, Past President)
Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America
Associate Editor, Sexually Transmitted Diseases journal
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