Dr. Schwebke is a Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Disease Division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Medical Director for the Jefferson County Department of Health STD clinic. She began her career in the field of STDs in 1987 during her fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Washington in Seattle. After her fellowship she became the medical director of the Haborview STD Clinic in Seattle where she remained until April 1991. She subsequently had a joint appointment at Northwestern University in Chicago and the Chicago Department of Health where she became the Director for the City of Chicago's STD/HIV Program. Important contributions to the Program included merging STD and HIV, initiating HIV clinical care in the city's clinics, initiation of cervical cancer screening in the STD clinics, creation of a clinical and behavioral research program, development of an adolescent clinic combining STD, HIV, and contraception services for Hispanic youth and addition of TB skin testing for STD clinic patients. Her major areas of research include the pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosis and its relationship to the acquisition of STDs as well as epidemiology and control of trichomoniasis.