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HIV AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a health condition that greatly weakens the body's immune system. If you have this condition, your body can't fight germs well.

HIV patients may experience an extreme weight loss, known as wasting, or they may gain a large amount of weight. Even subtle unintentional weight changes can be a concern. Some patients may notice unusual changes in their body shape as fat is lost or gained in a specific area. This condition known as lipodystrophy affects 30 to 50 percent of people infected with HIV. Additionally, HIV patients may have abnormal lipid profiles that could indicate a risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. These complications may be due to the HIV infection, the treatments for the disease, general lifestyle, or a combination of the three.

Programs + Services


Clinical Nutrition

The Division of Clinical Nutrition at Tufts Medical Center provides inpatient and outpatient nutritional services.
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HIV Nutrition and Metabolic Clinic

The HIV Nutrition and Metabolic Clinic at Tufts Medical Center in Boston provides care to address weight changes and complications due to HIV and treatments for the disease.
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Infectious Diseases Clinic

The Infectious Disease Clinic provides compassionate care to patients for a wide range of conditions through both our general clinic and several comprehensive subspecialty clinics.
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HIV/AIDS Clinic

The HIV/AIDS Clinic at Tufts Medical Center in Boston provides advanced, comprehensive care and social services in one convenient location.
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Co-Infection Clinic

The Co-Infection Clinic at Tufts Medical Center provides coordinate care to manage the complexities of treating patients with HIV and Hepatitis C.
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PrEP HIV Prevention

If you are concerned about your risk for HIV, consider Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a once a day pill, to reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90% when taken consistently.
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Doctors + Care Team

David R. Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAST

David R. Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAST

Title(s): Chief, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases; Hospital Epidemiologist; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5788
Fax #: 617-636-8525

General infectious diseases, cytomegaloviruses and tranplantation infectious diseases

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Alysse Wurcel, MD, MS

Alysse Wurcel, MD, MS

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
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Infectious diseases, HIV, hepatitis C, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, sexually transmitted diseases

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Brian D. W. Chow, MD

Brian D. W. Chow, MD

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-7011

HIV, transplant, tick-borne disease, travel medicine, general infectious disease, periodic fever syndromes

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Christine A. Wanke, MD

Christine A. Wanke, MD

Title(s): Attending Physician; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-3810

Complications of HIV, HIV and nutrition (over and under nutrition), HIV and metabolic issues including cardiovascular risk, HIV and diarrhea, traveler's diarrhea, nutrition and infection

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David R. Stone, MD

David R. Stone, MD

Title(s): Attending Physician; Co-Director of the Mycobacteria Treatment Clinic; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-7100

HIV treatment, tuberculosis and atypical mycobacteria care

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Helen W. Boucher, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Helen W. Boucher, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Title(s): Attending Physician; Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program; Director, Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Infectious Diseases Program; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-8525

Care of immunocompromised patients, transplant-related infections and S. aureus/MRSA infections

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James Hellinger, MD, MSc

James Hellinger, MD, MSc

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-7100

Infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, travel medicine, HIV/HCV co-infection

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Jose J. Caro, MD

Jose J. Caro, MD

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-8525

HIV/AIDS, PrEP, human papilloma virus and anal dysplasia, sexually transmitted infections, general infectious diseases

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Laura Kogelman, MD
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Laura Kogelman, MD

Title(s): Director, Infectious Diseases Clinic; Director, Traveler's Health Service; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-7100

HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis for blood-borne pathogens, traveler's health and tropical medicine, general infectious diseases

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Natalie E. Nierenberg, MD, MPH

Natalie E. Nierenberg, MD, MPH

Title(s): Medical Director, Inpatient Wound Prevention and Management; Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7761
Fax #: 617-636-3198

Transplant infectious diseases, wound care at the Center for Vascular Medicine, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, travel medicine, general infectious disease

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Rakhi (Teena) Kohli, MD, MS

Rakhi (Teena) Kohli, MD, MS

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-1580

Transplant infectious diseases, HIV infection and insulin resistance

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Tine Vindenes, MD, MPH

Tine Vindenes, MD, MPH

Title(s): Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-8525

HIV/AIDS, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, tuberculosis, general infectious diseases, public health

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Yoav Golan, MD, MS, FIDSA

Yoav Golan, MD, MS, FIDSA

Title(s): Attending Physician; Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7010
Fax #: 617-636-1580

General infectious diseases, C. difficile, infections in immunocompromised hosts, infections in returning travelers

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Research + Clinical Trials


Characterizing HIV-related Diastolic Dysfunction

This is a multicenter clinical trial of a cross section of HIV+ patients with and without diastolic dysfunction. Approximately 200 HAART-treated virally suppressed HIV+ subjects (100 HIV+/DD+ & 100 HIV+/DD-) will be enrolled. Currently only accepted patients who have HIV and Diastolic Dysfunction. This study will evaluate biomarkers, phenomapping, metabolomics, cMRI, and echocardiography to determined characteristics unique to this patient population.
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