Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Family Medicine


Dr. Elyse Watkins


Global health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic showed how fragile our medical infrastructure is. Specifically, the pandemic insidiously targeted the relationship between public health and medicine by affecting the screening and prevention of communicable diseases such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This case report focuses on a problematic and late diagnosis of HIV and discusses the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and screening recommendations. Although the negative implications brought by the pandemic are yet to be fully unraveled, health professionals are capable of ending the HIV epidemic by taking a proactive response in educating their patients on safe sexual health practices and screening.


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