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Topics of Interest

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IDSA’s purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

The Topics of Interest pages provide a brief overview of some priority areas. Additional information can be found under Guidelines/Patient Care, Policy & Advocacy, and in IDSA's journals.

Painting by IDSA member Bennett Lorber. Used with permission.

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Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance refers to microbes' natural ability to evolve genetically to counter antibiotics, antivirals, and other antimicrobial drugs. IDSA is working on many fronts to counter the "bad bugs" and save lives.


The bioterrorism section of the website is a collaboration between IDSA and the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. These materials are intended to help ID clinicians identify and manage potential threats.

Emerging Infections

The Emerging Infections Network (EIN) brings clinicians and public health officials together to detect new or unusual clinical events, assist with outbreak investigations, and gather information about clinical aspects of emerging infectious diseases.

Global ID

The Center for Global Health Policy brings together IDSA and HIVMA members who are dedicated to promoting the effective use of U.S. funding for addressing the global HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics.


The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of IDSA represents the diversity of medical subspecialists practicing HIV medicine. HIVMA promotes quality in HIV care and advocates for a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice.


Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your community from infectious diseases. IDSA focuses on immunization of children, adolescents, and adults, including health care workers.


Influenza (flu) is a viral infection that can be serious and even fatal. It can be prevented with immunization and treated with antivirals. IDSA focuses on both seasonal and pandemic flu.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Most cases can be successfully treated with a few weeks of antibiotics. Lyme disease can be prevented by avoiding ticks.


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