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Virtual Mentor. December 2009, Volume 11, Number 12: 927-1019.

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December 2009 Contents

HIV Care and Ethics

Ethics Poll

According to a meta-analysis of high-risk behaviors by those who have HIV, which of the following statements is true about how people act after they become aware of their HIV infection?

For the correct answer, read HIV Screening in Health Care Settings in the United States.

The CDC recommends that HIV testing become routine in health care settings and that everyone be tested except for those who specifically refuse testing. This approach is called "opting-out." Others think that testing should only be conducted on those who give specific consent, an approach called "opting-in." After considering the interests of individual patients and the public, which approach do you think is better?
According to a 2009 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which percentages of Americans (a) would not be comfortable having their food prepared by someone with HIV and (b) believe that HIV can be transmitted by sharing a drinking glass, touching a toilet seat, or swimming in a pool with someone who has the virus?

For the correct answer, read HIV Stigma and Discrimination Persist, Even in Health Care.

From the Editor

Exceptionalism and Inclusion in the Modern HIV Era
Melissa Gitman
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:930-932.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

A Surgeon with HIV
Commentary by Jay A. Jacobson
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:933-937.

Informing Adolescents of Perinatally Contracted HIV
Commentary by Hans M.L. Spiegel and Donna Futterman
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:938-943.

The Challenges of Treating Patients with Multiple Diagnoses
Commentary by R. Douglas Bruce
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:944-948.

Medical Education

How “Universal” Are Universal Precautions?
Shilpa B. Rao
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:949-952.

HIV/AIDS Ethics Education
Divya Ahuja, Sabra Smith, and Charles S. Bryan
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:953-957.

The Code Says

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Opinions on Physicians with Infectious Diseases
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:958.

Journal Discussion

Ethics in Consent for HIV Testing
Natalie Stein
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:959-961.

Clinical Pearl

Managing the Care of Patients with HIV Infection
William R. Short
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:962-968.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Testing Newborns for HIV
Kristin E. Schleiter
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:969-973.

Policy Forum

HIV Screening in Health Care Settings in the United States
Bernard M. Branson and Salaam Semaan
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:974-979.

Medicine and Society

HIV/AIDS Prevention Messages
Seth M. Noar and May G. Kennedy
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:980-987.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

The Rise and Fall of AIDS Exceptionalism
Gerald M. Oppenheimer and Ronald Bayer
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:988-992.

Medical Narrative

Public Response to Risk: HIV and H1N1
Monica S. Ruiz
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:993-997.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

HIV Stigma and Discrimination Persist, Even in Health Care
Bebe J. Anderson
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:998-1001.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:1002-1015.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2009; 11:1016-1019.