Our Board Certified infectious disease (ID) specialists at Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease - Whiteside are doctors of internal medicine who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Their extensive training focuses on all kinds of infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites including the treatment of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS.
Their specialized knowledge also includes the use of antibiotics and their potential adverse effects. ID specialists also manage immunology (how the body fights infection) and epidemiology (how infections are spread) and infection control. Infectious disease physicians also provide travel health information and immunizations for international travelers, corporations and universities.