Joanne D. Stekler, MD, MPH
Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Global Health (Pending)
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Stekler is working to expand routine HIV antibody testing and access to pooled HIV nucleic acid amplification testing to diagnose acute HIV infection. She leads several studies investigating novel methods to diagnose acute and early HIV infection; comparisons of rapid HIV tests; and home, self-testing for HIV infection. Her other interests in HIV prevention include HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and use of technology for education and research recruitment. Dr. Stekler started the first community-based PrEP clinic in Seattle in 2013 and is the local site investigator for the NEXT-PrEP Study. Dr. Stekler also works at the University of Washington Primary Infection Clinic within the clinical core of the Seattle Primary Infection Program (SeaPIP), a collaboration of local and national virologists, immunologists, and clinicians. Since 1992, the Primary Infection Clinic has enrolled and followed over 300 persons with acute and early HIV infection. Dr. Stekler's interests include interdisciplinary research to understand factors associated with HIV transmission, consequences of transmitted drug resistance, viral dynamics following HIV acquisition, and clinical outcomes of antiretroviral therapy during primary HIV infection.

Education & Training: 
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham NC
University of Washington
Seattle WA
University of Washington
Seattle WA
Senior Fellowship
University of Washington
Seattle WA
Phi Beta Kappa
Philip and Helen Fialkow Scholar (co-recipient)
HIV/AIDS Service Award
(206) 744-8312
Mailing Address: 

Harborview Medical Center

325 9th Ave

Box 359931

Seattle, WA 98104

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • HIV prevention, particularly increasing PrEP access among populations disproportionately impacted by HIV, and PrEP adherence
  • HIV testing strategies
  • eHealth
Clinical Interests: 
  • HIV prevention and care
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • STIs and other infectious diseases

Goldenberg T, McDougal SJ, Sullivan PS, Stekler JD, Stephenson R. Preferences for a Mobile HIV Prevention App for Men Who Have Sex With Men. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2014 Oct 29; 2(4):e47.
• PubMed Abstract

McDougal SJ, Alexander J, Dhanireddy S, Harrington RD, Stekler JD. Non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV: 10-year retrospective analysis in Seattle, Washington. PLoS One. 2014 Aug 20; 9(8):e105030
• PubMed Abstract

Stekler JD, O'Neal JD, Lane A, Swanson F, Maenza J, Stevens CE, Coombs RW, Dragavon JA, Swenson PD, Golden MR, Branson BM. Relative accuracy of serum, whole blood, and oral fluid HIV tests among Seattle men who have sex with men. J Clin Virol. 2013 Dec; 58 Suppl 1:e119-22.
• PubMed Abstract

Katz DA, Cassels SL, Stekler JD. Replacing clinic-based tests with home-use tests may increase HIV prevalence among Seattle men who have sex with men: evidence from a mathematical model. Sex Transm Dis. 2014 Jan; 41(1):2-9. 
• PubMed Abstract

Stekler JD, Baldwin HD, Louella MW, Katz DA, Golden MR. ru2hot?: A public health education campaign for men who have sex with men to increase awareness of symptoms of acute HIV infection. Sex Transm Infect. 2013; 89(5):409-14.
• PubMed Abstract

Stekler JD, Ellis GM, Carlsson J, et al. Prevalence and impact of minority variant drug resistance mutations in primary HIV-1 infection. PLoS One. 2011; 6(12):e28952.
• PLoS ONE Abstract