Division of Infectious Diseases

Policies, Principles and Pragmatism: Are We Following Evidence or Emotion Regarding Infection Control in the OR

In this recent invited article in Clinical Infectious Diseases, our surgical colleagues highlight the ongoing debate regarding what surgical attire should be worn in the operating room.  Highlighted issues are what type of hats should be donned, including those noted in the picture of skullcap versus bouffant, whether or not scrubs are safer or more likely to spread bacteria (hence the title catch phrase of… Continue Reading

ID Administrator completes MBA degree as Distinguished Graduate

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases would like to congratulate our Division Administrator Jonathan Nguyen who recently successfully completed his MBA program at University of Nebraska. In recognition of his hard work,  Jon was singled out for honors by being selected as the Distinguished Graduate of his class by the business school faculty. Congratulations on a terrific achievement Jon! Also, congratulations… Continue Reading

Nebraska AIDS Projects’ Night of A Thousand Stars – Under the City Lights: A Gala with a Mission

As December, and our HIV awareness posts come to an end, we want to celebrate one of Nebraska Medicine’s partners that works closely with our Specialty Care Center to provide HIV care, and creates inclusive and safe spaces for diverse communities across Nebraska. The Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP) is a non-profit organization established in 1984 in response to the early AIDS crisis when less was… Continue Reading

Research in HIV Medicine…charting a path to longer lives and ending HIV transmission

Research has long been an important part of the mission of the HIV Team at UNMC’s Specialty Care Center For many years, clinic patients clinic have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of projects including interventional treatment for HIV, the study of comorbid conditions and opportunistic infections, and trials targeted towards HIV prevention. Currently, our team has patients enrolled in eleven active… Continue Reading

Caring for persons living with HIV is not just about keeping viral loads undetectable

Preparing for my 4-week advanced pharmacy practice experience at the Nebraska Medicine Specialty Care Clinic was slightly nerve-wracking if I am honest. In the days leading up to my start, trepidation creeped in as I considered the unknown of the experience. “What if I say something wrong?” “Will it sound false if I am trying to relate?” “I want to ensure they receive the best… Continue Reading

Textbook on Immunocompromised Patients Goes Global

  Dr. Alison Freifeld co-edited a clinical textbook on infections in immunocompromised hosts with Dr. Pranatharthi Chandrasekar, Dr. Ajit Limaye and Dr. Emily Blumberg. The textbook is gaining a global audience and is now available in Japanese.  Dr. Freifeld was the section editor for infections in Oncology patients.  Per Dr. Freifeld:  “Immunosuppressed patients — particularly those being treated for malignancies — are found globally and… Continue Reading

Pharmacists’ care of persons living with HIV – more than just medications

Josh Havens, PharmD, BCPS, Kim Scarsi, PharmD, BCPS, Anthony Podany, PharmD, and Valentina Orduna make up the pharmacy team at the Specialty Care Clinic (SCC).  Pharmacy staff are fully integrated within the HIV care team at SCC.  We help manage SCC patients for a variety of issues including antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation or switching, management of ART related drug-drug interactions, medication adherence, medication access, Hepatitis… Continue Reading

Welcoming Ada Florescu as our ID blog assistant!

We are SO thrilled to have Ada joining our blog team! She will be helping with creating and scheduling posts, so we want to introduce her to you all! “My name is Ada Florescu and I am a junior at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  I am a Biology major and a Spanish minor. I recently studied abroad in Seville, Spain so the number… Continue Reading

Testimony: A Patient with HIV Speaks Up to Share her Status and Try to Change Minds

I don’t know how to sum up the last 24 years into just a few paragraphs, but I will try. Words can be quite powerful. The most unforgettable were the ones I read when my adult life was just beginning. At the age of 17, I received a certified letter stating that I had a “potentially serious condition of a personal nature”.   I had just finished… Continue Reading