Division of Infectious Diseases

Ending the AIDS epidemic with 90-90-90…Have YOU been tested?

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and one of the most fulfilling conversations to have with persons living with HIV (PLWH) is to share that since the 1980’s, we have made significant progress in the management of the AIDS epidemic. FDA approval of 27 antiretrovirals and 20 fixed dose combination antiretrovirals, increased HIV testing campaigns and funding for HIV care through the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource… Continue Reading

Jennifer O’Neill, RN, BSN on Why I Love ID

Why I Love ID: ” I love ID.  In my role as a clinical research coordinator with the HIV team, I get the opportunity to provide very holistic, multidisciplinary care to our patients while working with the latest interventions and seeking to gain new information to advance the science of care.  It is exciting to share those advances with patients, reflecting on how far we… Continue Reading

When You Stop To Smell the Roses and Cannot Smell A Thing

The following was written by Dr. Kelly Cawcutt and originally posted to the Physician’s Weekly Blog on May 31, 2018. Dr. Cawcutt was inspired by a recent personal experience with an upper respiratory infection and its impact on her senses of smell and taste, and she shares how some infections can interfere with basic senses we often take for granted.  ****** It all started with… Continue Reading

UNMC ID In The Trenches – Perspective From A Current ID Fellow

Dr. Karnatak, who is finishing his 1st year of ID fellowship, shares what ID fellowship is like here at UNMC: UNMC ID fellowship is uniquely designed to create an individualized training path for fellows. During my fellowship interview, I believed this fellowship would support fellows to achieve their personal career aspirations, and now after completing my first year of fellowship, I know this is true. … Continue Reading

What happened at the first Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit?

After almost a year of planning, the First Annual Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit convened on Friday, June 1st, 2018 in La Vista, NE.  This conference is the first of its kind in Nebraska in which information on antimicrobial stewardship in various healthcare settings is the focus of the meeting.  The conference center was abuzz with excitement as close to 270 healthcare professionals attended the Summit… Continue Reading

Pharm To Exam Table: Dual Antiretroviral Therapy with Dolutegravir + Lamivudine

Pharm To Exam Table: Dual Antiretroviral Therapy with Dolutegravir + Lamivudine Currently, triple therapy regimens constituted with a two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor backbone and anchored by an integrase inhibitor has been the standard treatment for HIV infection. However, these conventional therapies are being challenged due to their long-term side effects. Dual therapy regimens were recently introduced with the first comprising of dolutegravir (DTG)/rilpivirine (RPV)…. Continue Reading

Men’s Health Month at UNMC ID

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to highlight the unique men’s health issues and advocate for awareness of preventive services for men and boys.  We have some amazing men in our division who have served as clinicians, educators, leaders, and mentors. Meet the Men of UNMC ID: Dr. M. Salman Ashraf, MBBS is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Nebraska… Continue Reading