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U.S. SURGEON GENERAL WARNS PHYSICIANS OF HIDDEN EPIDEMICS AMONG WOMEN

U.S. SURGEON GENERAL WARNS PHYSICIANS OF HIDDEN EPIDEMICS AMONG WOMEN
 BELLE MEAD, N.J., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello has issued a call to arms to primary providers of health care to women to combat what she calls the "hidden epidemics" spreading among women -- HIV/AIDS and domestic violence.
 In an exclusive article written for The Female Patient, Novello cited Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics that estimate of the 1 million Americans affected with HIV, as many as 140,000 are women and the number is on the rise. Equally alarming, as many as 35 percent of women who visit hospital emergency rooms do so for symptoms related to ongoing abuse, but as few as 5 percent of victims of domestic violence are identified as such.
 The nation's physician used the occasion of the journal's 17th anniversary to address the OB/GYN and family practice readership directly with her timely message urging the medical community to apply the same courage and determination in confronting these epidemics as they have when facing other health crises of the past.
 "We are just beginning to face the impact of HIV/AIDS on women's health in the U.S. Most of these women do not even know they are infected. Indeed, many of them learn they are infected only after delivering a seropositive infant or when receiving medical care in an emergency room," stated Novello in the article.
 "Primary healthcare providers must learn to recognize the clinical presentations in women that are suggestive of HIV infection, namely chronic vaginal candidiasis, human papillomavirus infections, severe and chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical displasia and cervical cancer. Because these conditions are so common, they may be overlooked as potential indicators of HIV."
 According to Novello, the other hidden epidemic our society faces is domestic violence, which she said she believes is linked to HIV prevention and risk reduction in many cases. Calling domestic violence a major hidden public health problem facing women, the surgeon general told physicians that they must learn to read the signs. "Physicians must ask patients directly about physical abuse. Health care personnel must recognize the clinical signs and symptoms suggestive of violence and give information about women's rights, available resources and strategies for dealing with abusive relationships.
 "Women infected with HIV, and abused and battered women are in desperate need of our help. As physicians, we must remove the detachment that protects us from expressing our feelings while disregarding the feelings of those entrusted to our care."
 Melissa Warner, vice president of the Core Publishing Division of Excerpta Medica, reported, "The management of The Female Patient is understandably excited to have the country's highest ranking physician contribute an original article to our publication. Now that the issue of women's health care has reached the attention of the healthcare industry and the public alike, the Surgeon General has given physicians clear marching orders. She has boldly identified two serious problems and given specific guidelines for halting the epidemics. We are certainly pleased to deliver her message to our readers."
 The Female Patient is a monthly medical journal, published in two editions circulated to approximately 35,000 OB/GYN and 65,000 family practice physicians.
 For additional information, contact Kathleen S. Strauser, executive editor, at 908-874-8550, ext. 206.
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