The Institute of Human Virology
Maryland General Hospital is home to a special program for people living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, and other viral diseases. In collaboration with the University of Maryland Medical Center, Maryland General Hospital hosts a satellite clinic of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV).
The IHV Clinic is staffed by HIV specialists, social workers, and nurses from the University of Maryland Medical Center who provide high quality, confidential HIV specialty care, as well as primary care services.
To make receiving comprehensive care convenient, the clinic provides services that address our patients' medical, social, emotional, and financial needs all in one place. We work as a team to overcome obstacles to care and encourage each patient to become an active member of that team.
The IHV Clinic at Maryland General provides comprehensive medical care for people with HIV and specialty care for other viral diseases including Hepatitis B and C. The clinic also provides a variety of other services including:
- Women's Clinic: A team of doctors and nurse practitioners who focus on the health issues that face women living with HIV/AIDS. The team provides a range of health and support services, including routine gynecological exams and colposcopiesa procedure to examine the cervix, vagina and vulva).
- Substance Abuse Services: Support for patients dealing with addictions. We provide on-site evaluations/assessments, counseling, and referrals to in- and outpatient programs in the community. We also have a buprenorphine (Suboxone) maintenance program for patients who are struggling with heroin or other opiate addiction.
- Social Work: Additional support which pairs patients with one social worker who coordinates their support and helps them get access to prescription coverage, medications, and transportation to appointments. The social worker also works closely with the patient's medical providers.
- Housing: A dedicated housing case manager develops a tailored housing plan that makes the best use of both the patient's strengths as well as the available resources in Baltimore.
- Nutrition Services: A registered dietitian available to meet with patients each week to help with meal planning, issues related to weight loss/gain, and other nutritional needs.
- Mental Health Services: A partnership with Maryland General's Outpatient Behavioral Health program. Patients can see a psychiatrist and/or therapist to help with issues such as depression, grief, loss, and other issues.
- Support Groups: Staffed by our social work staff. New groups include "Mindfulness, Meditation and Knitting" as well as "Smoking Cessation."
We also have a patient/consumer advisory board that meets quarterly and acts as a voice for all patients. New members are always encouraged to participate.