Judith Feinberg, MD
Feinberg J.; Management of Newly Diagnosed HIV Infection. Ann Intern Med. 2011;155:ITC4-1. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-7-201110040-01004
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(7):ITC4-1.
No field in medicine has moved as swiftly as that of HIV/AIDS over the past 30 years. As a consequence, many studies are out of date by the time of publication. Because of the rapid turnover of key information, this In the Clinic focuses on the essential principles of care for the newly diagnosed adult with HIV-1 infection. To ensure continued usefulness, the general directions in which this field is moving and how to access updated information are emphasized.
Studies have demonstrated that positive clinical outcomes are a function of the clinician's experience in caring for HIV-infected individuals (1, 2). Thus, nonspecialists are urged to seek expert advice and consultation if there is any question about the best way to manage a specific patient. It should be noted that HIV specialists come from many backgrounds, including infectious diseases, hematology/oncology, general internal medicine, family medicine, pharmacy, and advanced-practice nursing. Thus, it is important to know who are the true experts available in a given geographic area and for specific issues. It is especially important to seek input from experienced practitioners in the setting of antiretroviral treatment failure and in cases of advanced HIV disease (AIDS) when patients are vulnerable to multiple simultaneous opportunistic processes.
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