Stephanie Pietras-Bailey-Boushay House

Pres. Jim and Stephanie

Stephanie Pietras has worked in healthcare with a specialty in HIV/Aids for 28 years. She is currently director of volunteer services for Bailey Boushay House, which is affiliated with Virginia Mason. Stephanie earned a B.S. from Marymount and an M.S from Loyola, and has lived in Seattle since 2007.   Stephanie gave a well-constructed presentation on the history of Bailey-Boushay House and the developments in treating HIV/Aids.

The following is a synopsis of the development of the HIV/Aids disease and treatment since the beginning in 1981.

  • 1981 The New York Times reports on a mysterious illness.
  • 1982 The illness was given the name acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS.
  • 1984 A test for screening blood donations was developed and implemented in 1985, Rock Hudson died of Aids, R.I.P. Chimpanzees were used to develop the test. Poor Chimps…
  • 1987 The drug called AZT which was developed in mice was approved for treating AIDS. Poor mice…
  • 1988 The Surgeon General of the United States sent every household a letter detailing the known causes and precautions for Aids. 1990 It was estimated that 8 million people had AIDS.
  • 1990 Condoms became the preferred method of protection from AIDS. Buy stock in condom companies.
  • 1995 There was an increase in the disease in the women//children population, but infant infections started to fall due to AZT treatment.
  • 1996 Combination treatment of antiretroviral were developed, also known as the “cocktail”.
  • 1997 Aids related deaths in developing countries begin to drop, however 22 million people still have HIV.
  • 2007 33 million people have HIV.
  • 2010 Macaques and mice are once again used in testing for the drug called Truvada, which reveals positive results. Poor mice and Macaques.
  • 2011 Antiretroviral are shown to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV by 96%.
  • 2012 Most people worldwide eligible for antiretroviral are now receiving them.

Bailey-Boushay House continues to provide inpatient and outpatient hospice services for men living with HIV/AIDS. They have 172 volunteers working 13 hour shifts, and this is their 25th year in operation.


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