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Archive for August, 2009

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August 26th, 2009

Late Summer Odds and Ends: Circumcision, H1N1 Vaccine, Lyme Movie, etc.

A few ID/HIV items to cover before summer “unofficially” ends (Sept 1?  Kids back at school?  Labor Day?): Will US Public Health officials recommend infant male circumcision to prevent HIV?  They might be considering such a move, but I suspect it will not be strongly promoted.  After all, none of the studies demonstrating its efficacy [...]


August 20th, 2009

The V.A. Opts Out

Read all about it here: As of August 17, 2009, written (signature) consent is no longer required for HIV testing in the VHA. Instead, patients will provide verbal informed consent prior to HIV testing. Furthermore, scripted pre-test and post-test counseling are no longer mandated. Since the VA is the largest HIV provider in the nation [...]


August 14th, 2009

Who Gets Toxoplasmosis in the United States?

This might seem bizarre, but one of the reasons I chose to go into Infectious Diseases as a field was the names of the diseases (and often the micro-organisms that caused them) sounded so darn cool. For example, if you were a science fiction writer you could hardly come up with a better-sounding name for [...]


August 5th, 2009

Just Out: Primary Care HIV Guidelines

Over on the CID web site, they have the revised version of the “IDSA Primary Care Guidelines for the Management of Persons Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus”. It’s a great document, filled with useful references and a particularly strong table where to find other consensus guidelines (diabetes, hyperlipidemia, mental health, others). My vote for what [...]


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