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HealthHIV: Nearly 50% of Primary Care Providers Lack Knowledge About HIV Treatment

May 9, 2014

This article was reported by News-Medical.Net.

News-Medical.Net reported on HealthHIV's "Third Annual State of HIV Primary Care National Survey" report, performed in partnership with Medscape, LLC, to "assess the current state of integrating HIV care and treatment services into primary care." The researchers surveyed medical doctors, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, researchers, health administrators, social workers, case managers, and consumers.

According to the survey, many primary care physicians (PCPs) are treating more HIV-positive patients who are now covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Forty percent of respondents complained that their areas of residence do not have enough providers treating HIV, and 50 percent of providers reported that their HIV caseloads have increased. Also, HIV PCPs worked mostly in urban or metropolitan areas and treated mostly underserved populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, homeless persons, and immigrants.

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Comment by: Itay Seith (Bradenton, FL) Fri., Jun. 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm EDT
I moved from LA back home to The Tampa Bay Area only to have the county's only HIV case-management agency ignore my health. Before moving, I was told they had four HIV certified Docs and two HIV certified PCP...sadly the reality is there is only one PCP who is not HIV certified and loves to state he has experience, but pushes off responsibility; and the four HIV Specialists are revolving guest docs not on staff.

I regret the move but have no options as a poor, wheelchair-bound, HIV+, post-stroke person. And I have it easier than my black husband...who has to worry about me, himself, and the mistreatment from the state as we are married legally, but the state doesn't recognize our legal federal name, which causes problems with our legal documents: POA, Durable POA for Healthcare, ect. This is the fourth time we have had hospital refuse to recognize his rights....twice at the same hospital.

I hope my story is og sone help to others.

If you are contemplating a move, please ask for a CV of all staff you think you are going to need. I made the mistake and have to endure...this entire situation was caused by the agency trying to look good on paper but not actually having the support of the patients.

The one hope is that this agency has decided to enlist the information of the patients...despite the current lack of certified PCP and knowledgeable support Physcians.
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