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<< The HIV-Infected Adult Patient in the Emergency Department: The Changing Landscape of Disease (Pharmacology CME)

Emergency Department Evaluation

History

Chronic HIV infection can affect nearly every organ system, highlighting the importance of a thorough history and physical examination. First, providers should evaluate the status of the HIV infection (eg, CD4 count and viral load), the treatment regimen, and the patient's medication compliance. After an overall sense of disease status is obtained, emergency clinicians should focus on evaluation of the chief complaint and its relevance to HIV infection or treatment taken for the HIV infection.

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