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The Medical History and Physical Examination of the HIV-Infected Patient 

The Medical History and Physical Examination of the HIV-Infected Patient
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The Medical History and Physical Examination of the HIV-Infected Patient
Author(s):

Jose Martagon-Villamil

and Daniel J. Skiest

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190493097.003.0009
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date: 14 December 2018

Fostering a strong and empathetic patient–physician relationship is essential for the success of the HIV therapeutic plan. A comprehensive understanding of all medical and psychiatric comorbidities, medication history, exposures, risk behaviors, and current state of health is fundamental in caring for the HIV-infected individual. All patients with HIV newly in care need a complete history and physical examination. The physical exam needs to be comprehensive both for the assessment of current complaints and for baseline comparison with future findings. Providers must be aware of the cultural, social, and sexual diversity of their patient population to help foster patient–provider communication.

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