Infectious diseases encompass a wide range of conditions caused by germs, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. You can contract an infectious disease by touching, eating, drinking or breathing something that contains a harmful germ. Germs can also spread through animal and insect bites, kissing and sexual contact.
UCSF Medical Center provides treatment for a wide range of infectious disease, from viral to sexually-transmitted, in its clinics and hospitals. We have special expertise in treating AIDS-related infections and in treating and preventing infections acquired through travel overseas, such as malaria and parasitic illnesses.