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April 25, 2011

Human Immunodeficiency Virus Is (Once Again) a Primary Care Disease

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Los Angeles Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(8):719-720. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.130

In 1988, recognizing that there were not enough specialists to care for the burgeoning number of persons with AIDS, Northfelt et al1 wrote an influential editorial titled “The Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Is a Primary Care Disease.” The authors exhorted all physicians to become knowledgeable about how to care for persons with AIDS. At that time, only one antiretroviral agent was available (zidovudine [AZT]) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) viral load testing, and HIV-resistance assays had not yet been invented.

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