Infectious Disease Opinion News

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.

The flu shot remains a vital healthcare tool

Even if the flu shot "misses," as it did last year, it remains one of the best tools we have to help our patients live healthier lives.

Lyme disease: can 10 minutes make a difference?

Educating patients about Lyme disease can help avoid unnecessary appointments and testing.

Are children in low-income areas less likely to be immunized against influenza?

Vaccinating kids against the flu should be a priority for providers, especially for those practicing in low-income areas.

Don't assume when it comes to STIs

Offer sexually transmitted infection testing regardless of age, sexual orientation, relationship status, and number of partners.

Sacrificing the white coat for infection control?

The white coat may be working against the "Do no harm" mantra by which we abide.

HIV complacency can be deadly

It's been 32 years since the CDC published the first HIV case report, and too many Americans no longer view the disease as a serious illness.

Eliminating barriers to the flu shot

Time constraints make it difficult to adequately educate patients about the benefits of vaccines in the office, but there are several strategies that may help.

Evaluating fungal infections in men and women

Fungal infections are less common in men than women, and may present differently, making diagnosis challenging for health-care providers.

Don't let spoiled food sour your patients' summer

As more people grill and prepare food outdoors, are you prepared to treat patients who present with acute gastrointestinal illness?

Tips for interpreting elevated hepatic enzymes

Evaluating abnormal hepatic enzymes is common in primary care practice and understanding the causes is essential for developing proper treatment plans.

Addressing partner treatment in STD counseling

Adding a refill to STD medication prescriptions and advising patients to give refills to their partners is currently legal in 27 states.

Yeast not always the culprit in common vaginal infections

Many women mistake vaginitis and bacterial vaginosis for yeast infections. Make sure that you are prepared to differentiate between these infections and prescribe appropriate treatments when patients complain that their OTC therapy has failed.

Flu vaccine facts can persuade reluctant parents

Take a few extra minutes to convince reluctant parents to get their children vaccinated against influenza.

Discussing sex with teen patients: Encourage open communication over abstinence

'Just say no,' not enough. Teens want to know how sex will affect their relationships, self-esteem and friendships, too.

Who should be liable for deaths of nine Alabama patients?

Contaminated parenteral nutrition solution is suspected in the deaths of nine patients that developed bacteremia while hospitalized.

Advice for first gynecology visits

There is no hard fast rule governing the timing of a first gynecological visit, but establishing a comfortable relationship with a gynecology provider during adolescence can provide young women with crucial health and sexual education.

Expelling the myths of the midwife

Many people think seeing a midwife means forgoing to the comfort and convenience of modern health care. Find out here why it's not.

HIV screening: Just another routine test?

Why is HIV testing so different from other types of routine screening?

Raise vaccine rates in primary care

Are we providing recommended vaccines to our patients? The answer is no.

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