Infectious Disease 

Get prompt, advanced care and treatment for infectious diseases at UNC Health. You’ll receive care from specialists who understand how to treat both common and complex illnesses, so you can get back to living as healthy a life as possible.

What Is Infectious Disease Medicine?

Infectious disease medicine focuses on contagious illnesses. People who study infectious disease help create antibiotics and treatments that help control the infection from spreading.

You can get an infectious disease from person-to-person contact (such as the common cold) as well as through parasites or animal or insect bites.


See your primary care provider or local urgent care clinic if you’re experiencing symptoms that may be part of an infectious illness:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Vision problems

Conditions We Treat

Lab and imaging tests tell your doctor what infection you might have or what body parts might be affected. These tests help diagnose a range of conditions, such as:

  • Bone infections
  • Food poisoning
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Malaria
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS
  • Skin infections
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections

Travel Medicine

Infectious disease specialists often care for travelers. Before traveling to another country, see your doctor to determine how to protect your health.

If you return from a vacation or trip from a foreign country with any symptoms of illness or infection, see your doctor right away for prompt treatment.

Find a Doctor

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