Infectious Disease Opinion News
Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.
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.
Educating patients about Lyme disease can help avoid unnecessary appointments and testing.
Vaccinating kids against the flu should be a priority for providers, especially for those practicing in low-income areas.
Offer sexually transmitted infection testing regardless of age, sexual orientation, relationship status, and number of partners.
The white coat may be working against the "Do no harm" mantra by which we abide.
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.
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.
Fungal infections are less common in men than women, and may present differently, making diagnosis challenging for health-care providers.
As more people grill and prepare food outdoors, are you prepared to treat patients who present with acute gastrointestinal illness?
Evaluating abnormal hepatic enzymes is common in primary care practice and understanding the causes is essential for developing proper treatment plans.
Adding a refill to STD medication prescriptions and advising patients to give refills to their partners is currently legal in 27 states.
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.
Take a few extra minutes to convince reluctant parents to get their children vaccinated against influenza.
'Just say no,' not enough. Teens want to know how sex will affect their relationships, self-esteem and friendships, too.
Contaminated parenteral nutrition solution is suspected in the deaths of nine patients that developed bacteremia while hospitalized.
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.
Many people think seeing a midwife means forgoing to the comfort and convenience of modern health care. Find out here why it's not.
Why is HIV testing so different from other types of routine screening?
Are we providing recommended vaccines to our patients? The answer is no.