Article Listing

Issue 17.3

HIV nursing and research

Hello and welcome to this issue of HIV Nursing. I am really excited about this edition, which has a focus on research in HIV care.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17: 75–76

James Meek
Senior Lecturer. University of Central Lancashire

Drugs, alcohol and HIV: It’s all about extremes

Themes, themes, themes. Deciding the themes we select for HIV Nursing can be an arduous task. Over the past 11 years we have exhausted many avenues, but surprisingly we’ve never really hit upon drugs and alcohol.

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist


Welcome to the autumn issue of HIV Nursing. As I write this editorial, the NHIVNA annual conference seems a distant memory. It is always inspirational to come across like-minded nurses in the same field sharing their expertise and knowledge, and innovative ideas.

Linda Panton
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Continuing professional development: HIV and renal disorders

Despite advances in HIV medicine it is widely acknowledged that people living with HIV are at particular risk of renal problems although the pattern of disease has changed significantly over time renal disease, also known as kidney disease or nephropathy, is currently one of the most common non-infectious comorbidities seen among PLWH.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17: 77–87

Juliet Bennett
Independent Nurse Advisor

ChemSex and care-planning: One year in practice

Throughout the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the disinhibition and poor judgement associated with drugs and alcohol have continuously impacted our patients’ abilities to practice safe sex and to keep themselves safe from infection.

David Stuart & Johannes Weymann
Substance Use Lead & Specialist Advisor, 56 Dean Street

Injecting drug users

People who inject drugs (PWID) certainly have to be considered as a ‘hard-to-reach’ population at risk of HIV transmission. They often come from marginalised groups in society, such as sex workers, MSM or prisoners, and once they are diagnosed with HIV, often are stigmatised further, driving them more underground, and away from any support services.

Linda Panton
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Barriers preventing early testing and diagnosis of HIV: results of a five-year retrospective review of clinical data for those diagnosed HIV positive in two European regions

This article provides an overview of the aims, conduct, and findings of a five-year retrospective review of patient records to identify and compare clinical and demographic data on every patient diagnosed with HIV in Kent and Medway in the UK, and Amiens and Creil in France.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17: 75–76

Stephen O'Connor, Sharon Manship, Momar Diouf, Jean-Luc Schmit, Stephen Clift
Reader, Canterbury Christ church University,Research Assistant,Researcher, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire d'Amiens,Professor,Professor

HIV and frailty: Just another symptom?

It seems obvious doesn’t it: we get older we get frailer. But are the two things automatically connected, and what is frailty? To some it’s generalised weakness, the inability to complete activities of living, or is it just an affliction of old age?

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist

A hepatitis B-screening outreach clinic for the Chinese community

An estimated 2 billion people worldwide have been infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and more than 350 million have chronic infections. HBV infection is an established cause of both acute and chronic hepatitis.

Sara Davis
Sexual health nurse, 56 Dean St Clinic

What is known from the existing literature about men living with HIV, erectile dysfunction and role of HIV nurses: a scoping review

This article reviews the current literature regarding HIV and erectile dysfunction. The article will explore why erectile dysfunction is more common in men who are HIV positive as appose to men who do not have HIV. HIV Nursing 2017; 17: 96–102

James Meek & Michelle Croston
Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire & Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

The elephant in the room?

The question of addiction as it relates to drug/alcohol use and sexual behaviours: raising the issue with patients

Steve Barlow
Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor in Private Practice

From Preston to Zambia: what can student children’s nurses learn from a two-week placement?

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) promotion aimed at children and young people is particularly relevant in Zambia as a high proportion of the population of children and adolescents are HIV positive (150,000) or AIDS orphans (600,000).

Linda Sanderson, James Meek, Debbie Brittain, Abigail Heath, Zoe Wood
Senior Lecturer,Senior Lecturer,Senior Lecturer,Student Nurse,Student Nurse, University of Central Lancashire

Stigma, time to address the issues: a literature review

The gay community have lived with being externally stigmatised for generations and it is a growing issue in areas such as HIV.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17: Stuart Roberts

Stuart Roberts
Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

HIV and homelessness in central London: Reflections from a specialist homeless general practice

The term ‘homelessness’ is interpreted in a variety of ways, depending on perspective and context. The definition which is generally accepted within healthcare settings includes rough sleepers and those in temporary accommodation such as hostel dwellers, couch surfers and squatters.

Maxine Radcliffe
London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Group

‘There is goodness in life, even when living with HIV’: an exploration using caritative caring

There are many challenges for people living with HIV. People can react in different ways, and for some it can be a traumatic and very negative event. They deal with it either alone or with extra psychological and social support. It is in this context that caring science, developed by Watson, and caritative caring knowledge, proposed by Eriksson, provide possible approaches to conquer challenges.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17: 108–111

Christel Estlander
Researcher, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland

Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome: The hidden dementia in HIV? A case study

For some living with HIV, alcohol use may go hand in hand with recreational or street drug use, poverty, anxiety and/or mental health issues. This article will look at the development of Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome.

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Seeking support in Liverpool: issues and barriers for asylum seekers and refugees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex

The following article highlights significant issues and barriers that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers and refugees can experience when seeking asylum in the UK and accessing relevant support services in Liverpool.

Jennifer New
University of Liverpool

17th NHIVNA Annual Conference

Abstracts for the 17th NHIVNA Annual Conference held at Royal Armouries International, Leeds, 17–19 June 2015.

Waverley Care: developing HIV services that are inclusive, responsive and accurately meet the needs of Africans in Scotland

In this article I describe how Waverley Care has developed services that are relevant to and inclusive of Africans living with and affected by HIV in Scotland.

Martha Baillie
Deputy Chief Executive, Waverley Care

Impact of nursing intervention on improving HIV, hepatitis knowledge and mental health among homeless young adults (Nyamathi et al. 2013)

The article reports on the results from a pilot study considering the impact of two interventions on improving homeless young adults’ knowledge of HIV and hepatitis, and their mental health.

Enmma Jones & James Meek
Lecturer & Lecturers, University of Central Lancashire

Trials and tribulations of hepatitis C treatment in Lothian prisons

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a blood-borne virus that can cause both acute and chronic infection. In Scotland, it is well known that the main transmission route of HCV is through drug use and a study into prevalence of HCV in Her Majesty’s Prisons (HMPs) in Scotland showed that 53% of intravenous drug users (IVDU) tested were antibody positive. HIVN 2015; 15: 3-7

Fiona Rose & Sara Lamond
Nurse & Nurse

New treatments for HIV and hepatitis C co-infection and the impact in nursing practice

There have been significant developments in how chronic hepatitis C (HCV) can be treated in the last few years, since the advent of direct-acting antivirals. HIV Nursing 2015; 15: 15-18

Ricky Gellissen
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Examining the impact on HIV and hepatitis C co-infection in the era of ‘ChemSex’

This article examines the rising incidence of HIV and hepatitis C infections amongst MSM (men who have sex with men) patients, and how the use of recreational drugs in the ‘era of ChemSex’ is contributing to the rise of co-infection.

Joe Philiips
Nurse Practitioner, 56 Dean Street

Syphilis: diagnosis and management

Syphilis is a bacterial, sexually transmitted infection caused by the spirochaete Treponema pallidum. It can be transmitted through unprotected oral, anal and vaginal sexual intercourse as well as by vertical transmission during pregnancy or via a blood transfusion.

James Meek, Claire McCausland, Debbie Brittain
Lecturer, University of Central Lancaashire,Lecturer, University of Central Lancaashire,Lecturer, University of Central Lancaashire

Book Review: HIV in the United Kingdom, 2014 report

HIV in the United Kingdom: 2014 ReportAn overview of the key information.

James Meek & Claire McCausland
Lecturers, University of Central Lancaashire & Lecturers, University of Central Lancaashire

HIV Nursing

Sharing best practice in HIV care

Published by Mediscript Ltd


  • Mediscript Ltd 1 Mountview Court. 310 Friern Barnet Lane. London , N20 OLD.


Company Information

Registration name: Mediscript Ltd
Place of registration: Whetstone London, UK
Company registration No. : 2128686
Tel: 0208 446 8898
Contact Name : Ms Fatima Patel

Currently,​ we can accept payments in the following currencies through our website: