Infectious Diseases


Clinical Inquiries

How well do antivirals shorten genital herpes pain duration?

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER: Oral and intravenous (IV) acyclovir each shorten the duration of pain for a first primary outbreak of herpes by about 50%;...

Applied Evidence

HIV: 3 cases that hid in plain sight

Having a high index of suspicion is key to recognizing the signs of HIV infection in patients without classic risk factors. How quickly would you...


HIV: Clues that are easy to miss

Jeffrey T. Kirchner, DO, FAAFP, AAHIVS, discusses clinical symptoms and abnormal lab findings of HIV that you might overlook in a patient who...

Applied Evidence

When vaccine misconceptions jeopardize public health

Persistent unfounded fear of vaccines and a belief that vaccine-preventable diseases are no longer a threat lead too many individuals to opt out...

Applied Evidence

Staying ahead of pertussis

In recent years, pertussis has been on the rise. Here’s what you can do to help limit the spread of the disease, and how to promptly diagnose and...