All of our physicians received specialized training in infectious disease. After completing four years of medical school and three years of training in internal medicine, an infectious disease specialist spends at least two years of focused study on infectious diseases. The Polyclinic specialists are also board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Infectious Disease.
These specialists provide comprehensive infectious disease care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. They also provide travel counseling, vaccination, and post-travel follow-up. The Polyclinic infectious disease specialists may also provide primary care for HIV positive patients.
Many common infections can be treated by your primary care provider. Your provider might refer you to a Polyclinic infectious disease specialist when an infection is difficult to diagnose, does not initially respond to treatment, or requires specialized or intravenous therapy.
Infectious disease services include consultation and treatment for:
Persons living with HIV / AIDS - Our Infectious Disease specialists provide medical care for patients with HIV/AIDS in a private, gay-friendly medical office environment. Unlike public institutions, our patients have their own physicians and planned appointments, helping assure continuity of care with minimal wait times.
One-Step PrEP - Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, (Truvada®, also called tenofovir/emtricitabine) is a prevention option for people who are at high risk of getting HIV. It’s meant to be used consistently, as a pill taken every day, and to be used with other prevention options such as condoms. Additional CDC information is available here. The Polyclinic infectious disease specialists welcome individuals who want to learn more and to see if this regimen is right for them by calling 206-860-4447 to make an appointment.
Bone and joint infections
Chronic viral hepatitis (Hep C, and Hepatitis B)
Drug resistant bacteria (i.e. MRSA, ESBL gram negatives and CRE)
Sexually Transmitted Infections and exposure (e.g. gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis)
Occupational or recreational exposure to blood borne pathogens
Mycobacterial infections, including TB and TB exposure
Fungal infections such as Aspergillus, Cryptococcus and Coccidioides
Pre-surgical evaluations (including Pre-transplant evaluation)
Tick and mosquito borne illnesses such as Lyme, Dengue, malaria
Travel medicine consultations, immunizations and vaccinations
Our Polyclinic infectious disease specialists also work with each patient individually to provide up- to-date information on safe sex practices and immunizations against STIs such as HPV and hepatitis.