Intended for healthcare professionals

Practice Observed

General practitioners and management of infection with HIV

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988; 296 doi: (Published 20 February 1988) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988;296:535
  1. Peter Anderson,
  2. Richard Mayon-White


    General practitioners will have an increasingly important role in the management of patients with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and infections with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the numbers of cases increase. Altogether 280 general practitioners working in Oxfordshire were sent a postal questionnaire inquiring about their education, knowledge, current practice, and attitudes in relation to managing infections with HIV. Of the 235 (84%) general practitioners who replied, nine out of 10 were giving advice about infection with HIV to their patients. One in two were testing patients for such infection, and one in four were caring for infected patients. Nevertheless, uncertainty remained about the risks of transmission of infection with HIV and general practitioners' knowledge of educational activities for their patients could be improved.

    The introduction of a facilitator to work with general practitioners in managing patients with AIDS or infection with HIV is planned, especially to help general practitioners develop the skills needed for prevention.