Health of the Public

AAFP Tools Offer Pointers on Assessing Patients for STIs

New Resources Cover Screening Protocols, Taking a Sexual History

September 18, 2019 12:49 pm — Family physicians are ideally positioned to educate patients about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, screen for these infections and provide appropriate care. New AAFP resources on STIs aim to help them do just that.

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Newly Released Tools Support HHS Plan to End HIV Epidemic

AAFP Updates HIV-related Recommendations

09/13/2019 — On Sept. 3, the CDC released a suite of communication tools and resources to support efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infection and help keep those infected with HIV healthy.

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Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Risks of Marijuana Use

Youth, Pregnant Women Encouraged to Stop Using

09/12/2019 — U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., recently issued an advisory on the health risks associated with marijuana use in adolescents and pregnant women, warning that no amount of the drug has been deemed safe.

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CDC Provides Interim Guidance, Update on Vaping Illness

No Single Product Linked to All Cases of Lung Disease

09/11/2019 — On Sept. 6, CDC officials hosted a telebriefing to provide an update on the agency's investigation into more than 450 cases of serious lung illness possibly associated with use of e-cigarette products.

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Many Patients Hide Life-threatening Issues From Clinicians

Encouraging Communication, Building Trust Are Key to Mitigating Threats

09/10/2019 — New research indicates that many patients who experience an imminent threat such as suicidality, abuse or sexual assault routinely withhold this information from their clinicians.

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