In addition to expertise in infections, infectious disease specialists have special knowledge in the use of antibiotics.
These doctors may focus on the care of people with HIV infection (the cause of AIDS) and hepatitis C. Many also are experts in preventive medicine, vaccinations and travel medicine.
Source: American Board of Medical Specialties; American College of Physicians
Reviewed by: Wendolyn Slattery, MD, Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First published: 8/1/2004
Last reviewed: 6/17/2014