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Infectious Disease, Viral
Screening recommendations and treatment guidelines for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have been updated. People at the greatest risk of HCV infection are those between 18 and 39 years of age and those who use injection drugs. Universal screening with an anti-HCV antibody test with follow-up refle...
Hepatitis A is a common viral infection worldwide that is transmitted via the fecal-oral route. The incidence of infection in the United States decreased by more than 90% after an effective vaccine was introduced, but the number of cases has been increasing because of large community outbreaks in un...
The spectrum of asymptomatic, presymptomatic, and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 transmission presents challenges for evaluating SARS-CoV-2 test performance for diagnostic or screening purposes and for interpreting test results. This article addresses common questions about SARS-CoV-2 testing and presents an approach to interpreting diagnostic test results.
An 80-year-old patient presented to the emergency department with several days of increasing shortness of breath and abnormalities on a chest radiograph.
A five-month-old child with a history of dry skin presented with a spreading rash and fever.
A patient presented with fever, headache, nausea, arthralgia, and a rash, soon after travel to the Philippines.
As the United States struggles with a prolonged wave of acute coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; see article recently published in American Family Physician), family physicians need to be prepared to care for patients presenting with postacute (one to three months) or chronic (beyond three months) manifestations of this complex disease.
When possible, patients with suspected coronavirus disease 2019 should be triaged via telehealth before they receive in-person care. There are no evidence-based treatments appropriate for use in the outpatient setting; management is supportive and should include education about isolation. In hospitalized patients, remdesivir should be considered to reduce time to recovery, and low-dose dexamethasone should be considered in patients who require supplemental oxygen.
An older patient presented with a pruritic facial rash and oral lesions.
AFP is adapting to meet reader needs and has developed a new COVID-19 resource page. We are also continuing to cover a variety of topics to meet the needs of the specialty of family medicine.