HIV & Viral Hepatitis
Treatment and care of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the United States has made great advances over the last decade. As more potent antiretroviral therapies have become available, the life expectancy of individuals living with HIV/AIDS has increased dramatically and HIV-positive care has continued to transition toward a chronic disease model. In addition to caring for an aging population that is living longer, approximately 50,000 new infections occur in the United States every year. As the HIV epidemic continues to evolve, it has become increasingly important for primary care physicians to become competent in providing up to date care to patients infected with HIV, along with other chronic infectious diseases.
The HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellowship is a 12-month post-residency program that provides specialty training for family medicine physicians in the comprehensive care of patients living with HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. Placing specific emphasis on provision of care to underserved and rural HIV-positive populations, fellows become proficient in management of all aspects of HIV care, including antiretroviral management, diagnosis and treatment of opportunistic infections, and primary care of individuals with HIV. In addition, they will become proficient in the diagnosis and management of hepatitis B and C.
We care for patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, across a wide spectrum of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.
Additional opportunities in viral hepatitis, TB, LGBTQ health, and refugee health are available as desired.
Fellowship training is also integrated with a continued Family Medicine experience, through continuity clinic and precepting of residents.
The HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellowship is based at the Wellness Center at Full Circle Health, a Ryan White grant recipient clinic that provides comprehensive interdisciplinary medical care to more than 600 individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Idaho.