Virology Treatment Center

The Virology Treatment Center – a Maine Medical Partners outpatient clinic – was established in 1991 under the direction of Dr. Robert Smith. Our goal is provide the highest quality preventive care and treatment for patients with hepatitis, HIV, and related infectious diseases.

Our Team

Our team includes infectious disease and liver specialists, advanced care specialty nurses, social workers, behavioral health professionals, pharmacists and nutritionists. Together, we provide advanced infectious disease care and personal attention to the complex needs of our patients.

Our Approach to Care

We take an integrated approach to care, working closely with primary care providers and community service organizations across the region to coordinate patient support beyond infectious disease specialty care. We assess each patient's complete medical situation and recommend preventive care, such as immunizations, that may be helpful. Our center has also pioneered access to research trials of new treatments options that may not be otherwise available in Maine.

Our Services

We offer a full range of services and multidisciplinary care on-site, including:

  • Preventive education and preventive care
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Medicine education and management
  • Mental health support
  • Nutrition support and counseling
  • Clinical drug trials
  • Referral to local community resources
  • PrEP: We provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) medication. PrEP can lower the chances of becoming infected with HIV for people who are at risk. When taken daily, it can prevent the spread of HIV through sex or injection drug use. Learn more.
  • Bridge Program: Medication assisted therapy (MAT), is treatment for substance use disorder. We offer MAT for our current patients being treated for viral hepatitis and/or HIV.

Conditions We Treat

Confidentiality

We recognize that many people may want to keep treatment for infectious diseases private. At the Virology Treatment Center, your privacy is one of our highest priorities. Your care at the Clinic will remain completely confidential, subject to state and federal confidentiality laws.

Insurances and Payment for Care

The Virology Treatment Center accepts most major insurances, Mainecare and Medicare. Patients may be eligible for our Free Care Program based on family size and gross annual income. People will never be denied medically necessary care, even if they are not able to pay.

How to Find Us

We are located at 48 Gilman Street in Portland, Maine. This is near Maine Medical Center. There is free parking located next to the building, and our office is on major bus routes.

Resources

Provider Education and Training

The Virology Treatment Center is the only clinic of its kind in Maine. We offer on-site educational training and mentoring for a variety of healthcare disciplines, including:

• Physicians
• Nurse Practitioners
• Nurses
• Pharmacists
• Nutritionists
• Social workers

This training is provided by experienced practitioners in the fields of infectious disease, gastroenterology, family medicine, and behavioral health.

Each month we offer a virtual didactic and case review session to health center sites across the state of Maine. This session is part of the nationally recognized Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) model. This allows health care providers from any location to work with experts in the field on a care plan for their patient. Both Hepatitis and HIV ECHO cases are discussed by the full multidisciplinary team, and education and patient specific recommendations are provided.

New ECHO partner sites are always welcome! Please contact us at 207-661-4400.

The Virology Treatment Center is also an active regional partner of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center, offering a variety of outreach educational activities related to HIV/AIDS, coinfection, and prevention.

Patient Comments

“Good quality care, given with respect, never feel hurried or rushed, feel very comfortable expressing my concerns or questions. It’s always a good experience. They make sure to educate me so I know what to expect and what my options are. It makes having HIV more bearable to have it so professionally managed by a healthcare provider. I always feel knowledgeable and confident leaving my appointment.”

“I am so glad that I was referred here. I have had great care and feel like I’m in good hands they care about my health and healing. Thank you. I haven’t had any side effects and I am feeling so much better about life knowing there is a cure.”

Provider Education

The MaineHealth Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program connects providers via video conference for didactic presentation and case reviews. Providers are invited to join these monthly sessions remotely to discuss Hepatitis and HIV patient scenarios and treatment strategies.

Learn More

Provider Referrals

Epic Users: Submit referral directly using Referral AMB codes:

  • 11001084 – MMC Hepatitis Clinic
  • 11001203 – MMC ACS Clinic


Non-Epic Users: Submit Referral via fax:

  • 207-662-6116