Infectious Disease Associates
Through our outpatient practice, known as Infectious
Disease Associates (IDA), MGH offers care for
a variety of conditions caused by infectious
diseases. They are described below:
General Infectious Disease Practice
In our general ID practice, we provide consultative,
longitudinal care for a variety of infections
including but not limited to:
- Post surgical infections
- Respiratory tract
infections including pneumonia and sinusitis
or complicated urinary tract infections
and other mycobacterial infections
- Skin or
soft tissue infections
- Infections in patients
with immunosuppression (such as transplant
patients, patients on corticosteroids, patients
with other underlying immune deficiency).
Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV Infection
is described below.
Our providers work together with your primary
care provider (PCP) and other members of your
treatment team. We communicate directly with
team members in order to provide you with the
best care possible.
HIV and AIDS Practice
The division of Infectious Disease at MGH has
been providing care to persons living with HIV
and their families since the beginning of the
epidemic, now over 25 years ago. We are the primary
care providers for the majority of our HIV-positive
patients. We also follow patients
who have other primary care providers (PCPs)
as HIV consultants. Receiving an HIV diagnosis
will impact you physically and emotionally and
may also have major impact on the lives of your
significant others and family members. We have
organized our practice with one goal in mind:
to provide you with state-of-the art, comprehensive,
multispecialty, compassionate care. We deliver
our care in partnership with you and your other
providers, in a patient-centered and family-focused
way, to ensure that you receive the best care
Based on your individual needs, you can expect:
- A team of HIV specialists who are experts
in the field, including doctors, nurses, social
workers, and other health care professionals,
who work together with you to develop a coordinated
approach to managing your illness.
- A broad range of research studies including investigational treatments for your HIV and related problems.
Appointments are available for clinic patients
needing same day evaluation for an urgent medical
concern. We ask that patients contact their primary
nurse prior to coming to the clinic, so that
we may assess your problem and minimize your
wait time. (The primary nurse phone number will
be provided for you at your first office visit).
The triage nurse can help you determine if your
urgent care needs would be best met here at the
IDA, in the emergency department, or by another
referral service. Typically, our urgent care
hours are in the afternoon. As our staff of medical
providers rotates coverage for urgent care, you
may not be seen by your regular physician or
Laboratory Testing / Phlebotomy Services
We offer phlebotomy (blood draws) during clinic appointments. Sometimes you may be asked to come to the clinic
outside of your regular medical appointment to
have laboratory testing done. Hours for
lab services are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to
4:30 pm. Lab visits are by appointment.
Registered Nurse Visits
If you have a scheduled appointment with one
of our registered nurses, please inform the receptionist
at the front desk. Nursing visits include injections,
educational appointments, dressing changes, IV
therapy appointments, or medication teaching.
You will need your hospital registration card
when you check-in.
Dermatology , Neurology and Psychiatry
Dermatology, Neurology and psychiatry consultation
are available on site in our practice. The specialists
that we work with have extensive experience working
with individuals with HIV. If you have a scheduled
appointment with any of these specialists, please
check-in with the receptionist upon your arrival.
Through a special arrangement with the AIDS
Health Care Project, patients have the opportunity
to be seen by an acupuncturist. If you have an
appointment with the acupuncturist, you should
check-in with the receptionist and take a seat
in the main waiting room.
Our practice has a nutritionist who has expertise
in issues facing persons HIV to offer evaluation
and treatment for metabolic or nutritional issues.
Hepatitis C and HIV Co-Infection Program
Advances in medical treatment options for persons
with hepatitis C continue to expand. For individuals
with both hepatitis C and HIV, we have established
a special program within the IDA Practice. Our
team of hepatitis C clinical experts are available
to evaluate patients who are interested in treatment,
and to meet the unique medical and psychosocial
needs of those electing to undergo treatment.
The hepatitis C clinical team works in collaboration
with your primary HIV provider to ensure that
you receive the best treatment options available
to you. Referrals to this program are made through
your primary care provider.
As a global leader in the field of HIV research,
our clinical research team offers a variety of
different research opportunities for patients
when appropriate. Our research focuses on understanding
how HIV affects the body’s immune
system and how best to treat HIV infection and
related complications. In addition, we are conducting
vaccine trials in order to develop safe and effective
treatment or protection against
infection. Finally our group studies the diagnosis
and treatment of metabolic complications of HIV
and its treatment. Please speak with your
provider or one of the clinical research nurses
to find out how you can become involved in a research study.
Sexually Transmitted Disease Unit (GID/STD
The Sexually Transmitted Disease Unit (Genito-Infectious
Disease GID/STD Unit) at MGH is one of the largest
STD centers in the Commonwealth. The unit provides
screening, treatment, and counseling for the
prevention and treatment of most sexually transmitted
infections. Preventive hepatitis A and hepatitis
B vaccines are available. The clinic also provides
HIV antibody counseling and testing in two ways:
- The HIV antibody test can be performed by
number rather than by name to help preserve
your confidentiality. This method takes 1 to
2 weeks and requires that you return with your
number in order to obtain the result.
- You can choose to have an HIV test using
your name. This test result will be available
much more quickly, and the results will be
recorded in your medical record.
Walk-in Hours for the GID/STD
MGH Cox 5
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings 8:30 - 11:00 am
Wednesday afternoons 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Monday afternoons 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday mornings 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Chelsea Health Center, 151 Everett Avenue
Walk-in hours only:
Tuesday afternoons 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Thursday afternoons 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Please refer to the website for up-to-date information. Clinic days and times are subject to change.
Everyone is welcome. Patients can be seen regardless
of insurance status or ability to pay, although
a voluntary sliding scale of payments is suggested.
Although services are confidential, a blue hospital
registration card is still required for check-in.
STD information and fact sheets can also be obtained
by visiting the Center for Disease Control web
site at www.cdc.gov.std
Traveler's and Immunization Program
The Traveler's and Immunization Program provides
patients who are traveling abroad the opportunity
to receive preventive counseling and vaccinations
that may be required for international travel.
Some vaccinations require travelers to return
for several visits and do not take effect for
several weeks. If you plan on traveling abroad,
please consult with us as early as possible to
schedule your consultation prior to your departure.
Also, please bring a copy of your proposed itinerary
and past vaccination records (“yellow book”)
Recommended vaccine information can be obtained
through the following web site: www.cdc.gov
Transplant Infectious Disease
and Compromised Host Program
The Infectious Disease Division has been a
leader in the care of patients with altered immune
function for over 20 years. Patients include
individuals receiving organ or hematopoietic
stem cell transplants, patients receiving immunosuppressive
medications (such as corticosteroids) to regulate
their immune systems, or patients with recurrent
infections. The Transplantation and Immunocompromised
Host Program integrates all aspects of clinical
care, basic, clinical, and translational research,
and education devoted to patients with immune
deficits at Massachusetts General Hospital.
We provide preventive care including vaccinations,
as well as consultation for patients within the
Massachusetts General Hospital.
As part of our comprehensive model of care,
social workers collaborate with the rest of the
team to provide services, addressing a variety
of patient needs. Social workers are available
to provide individual, couples and group therapy,
addressing psychosocial issues that may arise.
Referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or mental
health advanced practice nurse is available if
necessary. If help is needed in identifying and
caring for addiction issues, there are options
both internally and externally to assist in this
area. Additionally, there are several community-based
organizations that can provide support with housing,
food assistance, nutritional supplements, legal
needs, transportation as well as many other services.
Access to medications and health insurance may
also be a concern for you. There are many options
for assistance in this area as well. Individuals
may be eligible for the MGH full or partial free
care program, which is government-funded assistance
that helps to pay for medications and health
insurance. In addition, assistance with insurance
co-payments for medications is part of this program.
For access to other social service programs, please
feel free to take a look at the social services
web site: www.mghsocialwork.org
Viral Hepatitis Center
The Center for Viral Hepatitis is a joint Infectious Disease/Gastrointestinal Unit effort created to provide expertise and care to patients living with chronic viral hepatitis, including hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV).
The Center offers consultation and ongoing care for evaluation and management of chronic viral hepatitis with HBV or HCV, consultation and ongoing care for individuals with coinfections, including those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and immunizations against hepatitis A virus (HAV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV), as well as other appropriate vaccinations.
The Center offers access to multiple clinical trials in conjunction with the Gastrointestinal Unit and/or AIDS Clinical Trials Group.