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J Natl Med Assoc. 2009 Dec;101(12):1283-6.

Managing mentally and physically challenged HIV patients.

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Division of Infectious Disease (Dr Farhat, assistant professor, interim chief), Natvision of Infectious Disease, Clinical Director, NMAETC, Howard University Collegergia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20060, USA.


Management of mentally and physically challenged patients is complex, as it can involve ethical, social, and medical issues, and adding the provision of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care further complicates management. There continues to be limited information in the literature in caring for these types of patients. We provide 2 unique HIV cases--one who is mentally challenged and the other who is blind--and how management was approached. A list of select resources to aid both providers and patients is provided.

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