Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by living organisms like bacteria, parasites, or fungi. They can also result from viruses, which aren't technically alive as they need the cells of other living organisms to reproduce.
At the UPMC Center for Care of Infectious Diseases, our expertly trained team provides top-notch care.
We diagnose and treat a full range of infectious diseases and conditions, such as:
To learn more or make an appointment, call 412-647-7228 or 1-877-788-7228.
Some infectious diseases have distinct signs or symptoms, such as the rash measles causes.
But many share common symptoms, such as:
If you have one or more of these symptoms that don't go away and you don't know why, call your doctor.
At some point, most of us will get a fever, have a cough, or feel sick. And we might not know if we should see a doctor.
But call your doctor and ask if they think you should see them if you have any of the following:
It's possible to prevent many types of infectious diseases.
First, get all the vaccines the CDC says you should get. This includes the COVID-19 vaccine.
Second, wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Don't forget to wash between your fingers and under your fingernails.
Most importantly, wash your hands before preparing food or eating, and after:
Along with vaccines and hand washing, follow these that can help reduce the likelihood of getting an infectious disease:
The General Infectious Diseases Clinic treats people with common infections due to:
The clinic's doctors diagnose and treat:
The PACT Clinic cares for more than 1,700 adults living with HIV. We offer primary and preventive care and HIV specialty care.
This clinic also offers:
To learn more about PACT's HIV/AIDS services or make an appointment, call 412-647-7228 or 1-877-788-7228.
The PrEP Clinic treats people at high risk of contracting HIV. People using PrEP take daily oral antiviral pills to reduce their HIV risk.
It's also ideal for partners of people who have or may have HIV.
Some people discharged after an infection-related hospital stay still need antibiotics through intravenous (IV) therapy. OPAT helps manage side effects.
Our goal is to prevent another infection that puts you back in the hospital.
OPAT cares for people with many types of infections, including:
People who receive an organ or stem cell transplant are often at higher risk of getting an infection.
The Transplant Infectious Disease Program assesses this risk and designs a plan on how to prevent infections. They also help treat active infections in transplant recipients.
The UPMC Travel Health Clinic:
The center places special focus on those at greater risk of getting a serious infection, including: