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Tales of the City

Ask Amelio


The Mere Future

Record Time


The American People

Switching Channels

Takin’ It to the Streets

Have A Ball

The Grass Is Greener


To the Editor

Pass the AZT

Deadly Dad

Stuck in the Riddle

Survey Says...

Let’s Talk About Sex

Name Game

Vive la France!

Gets His Goat

Going Downtown? Dam It

Dr. Dementia

Voices Carry


And Now For Something Entirely Fiction

Tita Aida

Death Becomes Her

In the Hot Seat

Oh, Viagra!

You Can’t Take It With You

Clean and Sober

Know Your Writes

Pills, Chills and Thrills

TB or not TB

Move It!

Risky When Rushed

It’s All About the Journal

Heart of the Matter

Stink Balms

Angel and Insects

Pier 48

Say What

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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August 1998

Survey Says...

Docs-to-be more willing to treat HIVers

The next crop of docs is ready and willing to treat HIV positive patients, according to a new study in the Journal of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. And that’s good news, said the journal’s co-editor, Dr. Jocelyn White, since “the future care of people with HIV rests in the hands of today’s medical students.” Co-author Dr. Darren Carter, a resident in family medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, said the survey of first-year med students presented “radically different” results from earlier ones: Ninety-two percent of future MDs would welcome HIV patients into their practice, compared to about 60 percent a decade ago. Carter and his colleague, Dr. Laura Weiss Roberts, surveyed students at the University of Chicago and the University of New Mexico, and despite the schools’ very different ethnic and demographic makeups, the final results were remarkably similar. One in five said caring for people with HIV was the reason they decided to study medicine; the strongest factor in their willingness to treat patients with HIV was a sense of professional obligation. Carter is planning another study to determine whether docs-to-be develop HIV aversion by senior year.

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