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The surgical management of AIDS and HIV-infected patients.


Adv Surg. 1989;22:57-73. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE MED/89147982

The consequences of AIDS and HIV infection on society, medical care in general, and surgery in particular are considerable, and will continue to grow. Major problems facing surgeons will be how and when to provide appropriate care for AIDS patients, and protection of themselves and all health care personnel from occupational infection by the highly lethal HIV. Strict adherence to guidelines to prevent such occupational infection is paramount, and these should be observed in all patients, since it is impossible to always identify patients who are infectious. A sound understanding of the clinical problem and attention to this evolving epidemic are also essential for surgeons and all other health care personnel. With respect to society in general, control of AIDS and HIV can only be achieved by a joint effort of education, individual responsibility, and a coordinated governmental commitment to the problem.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/PREVENTION & CONTROL/*SURGERY Environmental Exposure Health Occupations Human JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW REVIEW, TUTORIAL


Information in this article was accurate in June 30, 1989. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.