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The Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Is a Primary Care Disease

Donald W. Northfelt, MD; Rodney A. Hayward, MD; and Martin F. Shapiro, MD, PhD
Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(10):773-775. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-10-773
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A crisis is looming for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS): The small number of subspecialists and other interested physicians now caring for most patients with AIDS will be overwhelmed by the large anticipated number of such patients needing care in the future (1). This crisis in the supply of available physicians to care for persons with AIDS and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection can be averted if primary care physicians accept a larger role in confronting the AIDS epidemic.

The American Medical Association (2), the American College of Physicians (3), and others (4, 5) have urged every physician

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