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AIDS related practices of family physicians in a urban area of northern Italy.


Int Conf AIDS. 1993 Jun 6-11;9(2):891 (abstract no. PO-D21-4040). Unique

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of family physicians in AIDS education and diagnosis of HIV infection in an area with high number of drug abusers and where 10% of youths aged 20 to 25 years report sexual risk behaviours. METHODS: A representative sample of physicians has been randomized and interviewed by phone. Topics included the type of AIDS education provided to patients and the number of cases worked up for AIDS or HIV infection. RESULTS: 99 of 110 doctors completed the questionnaire 81 male, mean age 44 years). They took care of about 120,000 inhabitants; 83% thought that practitioners should educate on AIDS. During the 6 months prior to being interviewed 74% had provided information to an estimated number of 1,800 individuals, particularly youths and drug users, and 91% had required HIV testing for at least one patient. Moreover 35% had at least one AIDS patient in their practice. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that family physicians in our area play now an essential role in AIDS education at the individual level and in the diagnosis of HIV infection. Their positive attitudes should be supported and implemented by periodical training.

*Family Practice *Health Education


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