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

Show and tell – the art of poster prevention

This is the first of a series of short articles with guidance for those who would like to present research. Here we give some pointers on preparing a poster for a conference.

Juliet Bennett
Independent Nurse Advisor

Peer support in HIV care

While very much an upcoming health support strategy, peer support has been a mainstay of HIV care since the initial days of the epidemic, over 30 years ago. The gay community took up the challenge to look after its own when few others would, setting up organisations such as Body Positive and Terrence Higgins Trust to provide support and share what little information there was available. Peer support has developed over the years and with the NHS recognising its value, and many local authorities specifying the requirement for peer support and mentoring in their tenders for HIV services, the time has clearly come for programmes that deliver on the approach laid out in the BHIVA 'Standards of Care for People Living with HIV'.

Garry Brough
Positively UK

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

HIV Nursing

Sharing best practice in HIV care

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