DETROIT, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The doctor's call to the Michigan HIV Consult Program came with a sense of urgency. A preliminary HIV test had turned up positive for an expectant mother, and the doctor needed guidance on the appropriate drug therapy to stop the virus from spreading in the mother and to her baby.
When the call ended a few minutes later and the doctor happily satisfied and relieved with the expert counsel, the newly launched program played out as it was intended. For many health care professionals, trying to keep up with the rapid advances in medicine, drug therapy and research can be challenging. The HIV consult program aims to close that gap for HIV disease management across Michigan. The program is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Henry Ford Hospital, a leader in HIV/AIDS treatment and research since the epidemic took hold in the 1980s. Henry Ford's team of HIV experts assist health care professionals by providing the latest information about HIV disease management, drug therapy, perinatal treatment, exposure, prevention and more, says Norman Markowitz, M.D., an Infectious Diseases physician who leads Henry Ford's HIV team. Health care professionals who have questions that require immediate attention are to call 313.575.0332. Non-urgent questions are submitted online at www.henryford.com/HIVconsult. Online questions are answered within 24-48 hours. "As health care professionals, we all strive to provide patients the best care possible," says Dr. Markowitz. "The consult program is a valuable resource for helping our professional colleagues better care for their HIV patients. A lot has changed over the years in HIV care management and we can share the latest best practices."