• HIV prevention, management in primary care: What you need to know

    7 days ago - By Healio

    PHILADELPHIA - The primary care setting provides an opportunity to prevent, identify and treat patients with HIV, according to a presentation at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting.
    “HIV is a very common disease worldwide,” Carrie Horwitch, MD, MPH, from the department of general internal medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center, said during her presentation. “It is also common in the United States, with well over 1 million people affected.”
    Almost 40,000 new patients are infected with HIV every year and 1 in 7 people living with HIV are unaware of their infection,
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  • Identifying patients who are truly allergic to penicillin, other medications

    7 days ago - By Healio

    PHILADELPHIA - About 95% of patients who say they are allergic to penicillin are really not, according to a presentation at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting.
    This is a distinction that must be made, John M. Kelso, MD, division of allergy, asthma and immunology at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California, told Healio Primary Care Today.
    “Alternative antibiotics are typically more expensive, less effective, more prone to side effects and likely to contribute to antibiotic resistance,” he said in an interview.
    Kelso added the confusion likely stems
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