Barriers, solutions, and progress: nurses are central to improving and expanding HIV care and supp

Welcome to the 2016 winter issue of HIV Nursing. This bumper edition has a strong focus on international issues. As always, we invite feedback on these articles and if you would like to comment, please send a message to hivnursing@mediscript.net.

Ian Hodgson
Independent Consultant

Pushing for change: using advocacy to make better policy

Writing an editorial at the end of a year allows a reflection on the previous 12 months, and internationally, the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been a key development.

Ian Hodgson
Independent Consultant, HIV Education and Research

Australian nurses discover a thirst for knowledge in Myanmar

Following the International AIDS Conference held in Melbourne in 2014, a group of doctors from Myanmar came to Sydney for two weeks as part of the Australian Award Fellowship.

Denise Cummins, Kurt Andersson-Noorgard, Garry Trotter
Sydney District Nursing Service, Royal Prince Albert Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Ageing with HIV: a growing challenge

In the initial period of the HIV response, ageing with HIV was not a priority issue – in the absence of treatment, few people living with HIV could expect to reach an older age, and older people were not recognised as at risk of acquiring HIV. Since effective antiretroviral treatment has become available, this picture has changed, and HIV has become a long-term condition manageable with treatment

Jacqui Stevenson
Athena Network

HIV survivors in a resource-rich setting: middle-aged and older HIV-infected sub-Saharan African migrant women in Belgium

The population of HIV-infected women is increasing as antiretroviral therapy coverage continues to expand worldwide. Limited research has explored the challenges middle-aged and older migrant women from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) face as they survive and grow older with HIV in a resource-rich setting such as Belgium. These women are likely to be invisible to care interventions that may help them age well with this disease. The aim of this paper is to explore the challenges SSA migrant women face on surviving and ageing with HIV, and understand what helps them to persist in HIV care and management.

Agnes E. Arrey, Johan Bilsen, Patrick Lacor, Reginald Deschepper
Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group,Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group,Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases,Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group

Young HIV-positive people and experiences of HIV stigma in the UK: a pilot study

Children and young people with HIV disease in the UK are now surviving into adolescence and adulthood in greater numbers than ever before and of the 1934 known HIV-positive children and young people in the UK and Ireland, 65% are now over the age of 15 years. Most young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) in the UK are of African origin and face multiple challenges and stressors including medical concerns, psychological issues and exposure to HIV stigma.

Tomás Campbell, Jane Griffiths, Rebecca Wilkins
Consultant Clinical Psychologist,Principal Clinical Psychologist,Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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