What is an Infectious Disease Specialist?
An infectious disease specialist treats patients with infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. Common infections can include lower respiratory infections, bacterial meningitis, herpes virus, conditions related to HIV/AIDS, and more. ID specialists often see patients that have been referred by another doctor, when infections may be more serious or there are problems with treatment. Infectious disease specialists perform lab studies to understand the infection, and they follow up with patients until they are well.