Whitman-Walker Health


In November 1973, the Gay Men’s VD Clinic, part of the Washington Free Clinic, began operating in the basement of the Georgetown Lutheran Church. This was the birth of what was to become Whitman-Walker Clinic. For more than three decades, the clinic has been renowned – locally, nationally, and internationally – for the high-quality, culturally sensitive care it provides. This work remains critical in an area with the highest HIV infection rate in the country.

Today, the clinic provides health care to thousands of people in the DC metropolitan area, with specialty care for the LGBT community and those living with HIV/AIDS. Whitman-Walker Clinic offers an integrated primary care model that provides its patients with access to high-quality services including: primary medical care, pharmacy, comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, dental care, medical case management, legal services, mental health and addictions counseling and treatment, community health prevention and testing initiatives, health-related peer support groups, and nutrition counseling.

Over the past several years, Whitman-Walker Clinic has served more than 10,000 patients annually, and has hundreds of volunteers who serve in a variety of areas. In a post-health care reform era, the clinic is working to move beyond access to care challenges and towards integrated care, which focuses on improving patients’ health outcomes over time.


Don Blanchon, Executive Director
1701 - 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 745-7000
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