About Us

The University of Washington Virology Research Clinic was established in 1973 to conduct research on viral sexually transmitted infections and is a world-renowned leader in herpes research.



Our mission is to investigate the epidemiology and natural history of herpes simplex virus (HSV), and to evaluate new therapies and vaccines for HSV. Currently, our special areas of interest are prevention of HSV transmission, HSV vaccines and the interactions between HSV and HIV.



Our faculty, researchers, and other staff work together to publish the outcomes of our research in peer-reviewed medical journals.


VRC in the Community

Our research clinicians and study coordinators regularly attend community health fairs and STI/STD conferences. If you would like us to come to your event, call our office at 206-520-4340!