Infectious Disease, Viral

Feb 1, 2015 Issue
Vesicular Rash in a College Student [Photo Quiz]

A 19-year-old college student presented with erythematous papules and vesicles on an erythematous base that were scattered over his face, scalp, trunk, and upper extremities. The lesions appeared in multiple stages, some with crusting and excoriation.

Apr 15, 2014 Issue
Screening for HIV: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adolescents and adults 15 to 65 years of age. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk should also be screened.

Apr 15, 2014 Issue
Screening for HIV [Putting Prevention into Practice]

A 19-year-old woman presents to the university health clinic for a well-woman examination. She reports no problems and mentions that she is sexually active with one male partner, who usually uses condoms. She has never been screened for a sexually transmitted infection.

Dec 15, 2013 Issue
Treatments for Symptoms of the Common Cold [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

There is no single treatment that produces significant improvements in symptoms of the common cold. Intranasal ipratropium (Atrovent) can be given to reduce rhinorrhea. Oral zinc can be given therapeutically to shorten cold duration and severity, and can be taken prophylactically to reduce the risk of colds.

Nov 1, 2013 Issue
Prevention of Herpes Zoster in Older Adults [Cochrane for Clinicians]

The herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine has demonstrated effectiveness in preventing shingles in older adults. Vaccination benefit was greater in persons 60 to 69 years of age than in those 70 years and older. Local injection site reactions were common.

Jul 1, 2013 Issue
Arm Rash and Swelling in a Child [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Jul 1, 2013 Issue
Postexposure Prophylaxis for Common Infectious Diseases [Article]

Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) is effective in preventing illness after potential or documented exposure to a variety of microbial pathogens and in reducing the risk of secondary spread of infection. Guidelines have been published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Co...

Dec 15, 2012 Issue
Rash in an Eight-Year-Old Boy [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Sep 1, 2012 Issue
Syphilis: A Reemerging Infection [Article]

Rates of primary and secondary syphilis have increased in the past decade, warranting renewed attention to the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. Men who have sex with men are particularly affected; however, increases in infection rates have also been noted in women, as well as in all age grou...

Aug 1, 2012 Issue
Risk Stratification of Children with Bronchiolitis [Point-of-Care Guides]

Bronchiolitis is a common and sometimes serious viral lower respiratory tract infection in young children.

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