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July 10, 1996

HIV Guide for Primary Care Physicians Stresses Patient-Centered Prevention

JAMA. 1996;276(2):85-86. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540020007002

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AFTER YEARS of emphasizing early detection and treatment of HIV infection, the American Medical Association (AMA) is asking primary care physicians to expand their scope of care with more comprehensive prevention efforts.

During the XI International Conference on AIDS this week in Vancouver, British Columbia, the AMA unveiled A Physician Guide to HIV Prevention. The document is the AMA's first to offer primary care physicians specific direction for helping patients assess their lifestyle risks and make choices aimed at infection prevention.

"We tried to focus on practical steps to use in working with patients," said James R. Allen, MD, MPH, vice president, science, technology, and public health standards at the AMA. The guide, which was peer reviewed by an advisory panel of physicians and HIV/AIDS experts, offers advice on what prevention messages to give as well as how to effectively convey them. "Lecturing is not likely to be effective," Allen