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AIDS Center/Immunodeficiency Services

ECMCC’s Immunodeficiency Services is the largest and only comprehensive HIV/AIDS care center in Western New York–servicing patients not only on the Grider Street Campus but also in our rural satellites in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

We strive to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS with physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, case managers, nutritional consultants, drug counselors, and mental health counselors on our staff and also through partnerships with a myriad of community agencies.

Department Objectives

The goals of Immunodeficiency Services are to:

  • Improve the quality of life for individuals living with HIV infection through HIV early medical intervention and state of the art HIV/AIDS medical care.
  • Provide HIV/AIDS clinical education and medical consultation to health care agencies and providers in Western New York.
  • Offer advocacy and case management services for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Emphasize the prevention of HIV infection as an integral component of HIV care.

Comprehensive Services

  • HIV Medical Care: Because HIV/AIDS are such complicated medical conditions, the New York State Department of Health suggests that all people with these diagnoses be seen by specialists in the field. Each of our physicians and nurse practitioners are highly trained and experienced and many are faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Primary Care: Recognizing that persons with HIV/AIDS are expected to see a doctor more frequently than most people, each of our medical providers is also able to address the primary care of our patients. We are happy to make referrals for specialty services – and can provide most on site.
  • Women’s HIV Services: The OB/GYN needs of women with HIV/AIDS are very specific and incredibly important. Through a partnership with Women and Children’s Hospital, Immunodeficiency Services provides these services onsite to meet our women’s gynecological needs including prenatal care, with an additional focus on preventing transmission to the baby.
  • Adherence Pharmacology: The very best medications are not effective if a person does not take them. Recognizing that understanding leads to better medical adherence, we have highly trained pharmacists onsite who are able to provide education to providers and patients regarding disease process, treatment options, and ongoing individualized medication management. This is provided through a partnership with the University at Buffalo’s School of Pharmacology.
  • Case Management Services: Each patient has the opportunity to meet with a medical case manager who is able to assist them with benefit management and support around their diagnosis, promoting their ongoing access to medical care. Referrals are provided to community agencies and programs as defined by the patient’s need.
  • Rural Care Initiative: The goal of the Erie County Medical Center’s Rural Immunodeficiency Clinic is to provide HIV infected individuals in the rural communities of Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties access to high quality medical treatment, case management services and support services without having to travel great distances. If you live in one of these counties and are in need of HIV medical services, contact Ellen O’Brien at 716-898-4119 or eobrien@ecmc.edu.
  • Research Initiatives: The research staff at Immunodeficiency Services conducts projects that examine current trends in HIV care with an eye on the future. Projects focus on examining the efficacy of current medical interventions, containing costs, and looking at how a person’s genetics affect their medical progress.
  • Pastoral Care Services: Spiritual support and counseling are available to clients and families through partnership with AIDS Family Services.
  • HIV Testing: Immunodeficiency Services offers free diagnostic testing service on a walk in basis from 8:30 to 11:30am and 1 to 4pm, Monday through Friday excepting holidays. Any member of the community is welcome to come in for an HIV test without needing to make an appointment. Testing is also offered throughout our facility. Additionally, members of our staff provide community based testing, service needs assessment, and referral linkage in high risk areas and at many community events.
  • Referral Basis: Recognizing that our patients have needs beyond those we can provide directly, we have established relationships with other departments and entities to provide chemical dependency and mental health services. Further, we can refer patients for psychiatric and neuropsychiatric evaluations.
  • Clinical Education Initiative: We offer relevant up-to-date education and training on HIV/AIDS and other related topics to community providers throughout Western New York. Our faculty if often available for on-site trainings tailored to meet the needs of organizations. Our Mini-Residency Program offers introductory and advanced clinical training for Community and Correctional Health Care Providers. Phone consultation with an HIV specialist, as listed on back of brochure, is available round the clock responding to providers needs for general clinical consultation and for the management of post exposure prophylaxis.
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Contact Information

AIDS Center/
Immunodeficiency Services

  • General Information:
    (716) 898-4119

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