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Research Article

AIDS and the general practitioner: views of patients with HIV infection and AIDS.

British Medical Journal 1988; 297 doi: (Published 16 July 1988) Cite this as: British Medical Journal 1988;297:182
  1. M. B. King
  1. Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill, London.


    An unselected series of outpatients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who attended two London hospitals were interviewed to assess their relationship with their general practitioner. Although most of the 192 patients were registered with a general practitioner, the doctors of only one half knew of the diagnosis. Patients feared a negative reaction from their general practitioner or were concerned about confidentiality. Although those who had told their doctor had received favourable reactions, few general practitioners attempted to counsel or educate their patients. The patients who previously had been open about their homosexuality were not more likely to have told their general practitioner of their HIV infection. Although most did not think that general practitioners were well informed about AIDS, half of the patients wished that general practitioners could take a bigger part in their care.