The DCVAMC Infectious Diseases (ID) Clinic serves close to 1000 veterans with HIV who live in the Washington, DC metro area, including Northern Virginia, parts of Maryland and parts of West Virginia. The clinic is considered one of the top 3 providers of HIV care in the VHA system nationwide.
The ID Clinic has two social workers providing psychosocial support to veterans and their families, assisting with benefit coordination and case management, and facilitating a weekly support group. The Infectious Diseases Department participates in multiple research initiatives, including new treatments for tuberculosis and international clinical trials for HIV, and offers possible opportunities for veterans to participate in these research studies.
It’s important for everyone to realize that the rate of HIV infection in the Washington, DC area is currently one of the highest in the entire U.S., and most people have NO symptoms and no suspicion that they might be infected. Older adults such as those recently widowed or divorced comprise one of the groups at highest risk for newly acquired infection. The Department of Veterans Affairs STRONGLY ENCOURAGES EVERY veteran to request testing from their primary care provider.
If someone tests HIV positive, we request that the veteran come to ID Clinic on 2C South (with a consult) on the same day they receive their results, so that appropriate labs and initial counseling can be provided and an initial visit be scheduled. For further information, contact the ID Clinic at 202-745-8000, ext. 5091.