The clinical load of HIV and AIDS for genitourinary physicians

M Shahmanesh, C Lacey

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We aimed to investigate the extent of genitourinary medicine (GUM) involvement in the clinical management of HIV. A questionnaire survey was conducted on GUM consultants in the UK and the Irish Republic. Clinics were divided into teaching hospitals (THs) undertaking both undergraduate and postgraduate training in GUM, non-teaching training (NTT) centres undertaking specialist training only and non-teaching (NT) centres. Information was obtained on 241 of the 250 consultants on the Royal College of Physician's GUM Committee's records from 117 GUM clinics (including all THs and NTT centres). Four (1 TH and 2 NTT centres) GUM clinics did not see HIV-positive patients, 62 saw 10-99 patients, 18 reported 100-999 and 4 with over 1000 patients attending in 1996. Thirty-five per cent of the 55 THs and NTT centres had over 100 HIV patients. Consultants were involved in the outpatient care of HIV patients in 99.5% and GUM trainees in 85.5% clinics. Overall 47 clinics have their own inpatient HIV beds and 176 consultants (73%) had full (100) or significant (76) input to inpatient HIV management. Only 29% of THs and 12.5% of NTT centres had none or minor input into HIV care. HIV inpatient on-call commitment by the GUM trainees was reported by 64% of training centres. GUM services provide a major input into outpatient and inpatient care of HIV-infected patients in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-70
Number of pages4
JournalInternational journal of STD & AIDS
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • Female Urogenital Diseases
  • HIV Infections
  • Humans
  • Inpatients
  • Male Urogenital Diseases
  • Outpatients
  • Patient Care Management
  • Physician's Role
  • Questionnaires
  • Urology

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