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World AIDS Day 2016

Primary care takes on HIV and its co-infectionsWith limited access to specialty care, HIV patients are seeking treatment from primary care physicians for management of HIV and co-infections.
Few primary care physicians offer pre-HIV exposure prophylaxisPre-exposure prophylaxis is highly effective in preventing HIV transmission in high-risk individuals, but only about a third of PCPs recommend the treatment.
Community support key to managing chronic HIVHIV/AIDS is more of a chronic condition than a fatal diagnosis these days, but patients still need access to ongoing support and services.
HIV patients benefit from organized system of physician careRonald H. Goldschmidt, MD, discusses when and how primary care physicians should care for patients with HIV.
Trust is the bedrock of effective communication with HIV patientsPhysicians must first establish a trusting relationship with HIV patients who struggle with both physical and social stressors.
Mobile apps offer options for tracking HIV managementMobile apps offer HIV patients more options for managing their treatments and medications, but whether those apps are improving outcomes has yet to be seen.
HIV management requires team of physiciansAs new therapies transform HIV management from acute to chronic, primary care physicians have a greater role in supporting the interventions of specialists.
Primary care is the best tool for early HIV diagnosisPrimary care physicians may not manage later HIV/AIDS treatment, but they are on the front line for the early detection and diagnosis that could save a life.