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

Writing an abstract

In the second item for those presenting research, abstract writing is put under the microscope.

Linda Panton
Clinical Nurse Specialist, RIDU, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Take Control, Learn and Connect: weekend workshops for people recently diagnosed with HIV

For many people, receiving an HIV diagnosis is a worrying and confusing time. Whatever the reaction, one thing that is common at the start of a person’s HIV journey is the need for information, reassurance and support. Providing support and interventions at this early stage of diagnosis has long been recognised as beneficial to the client. Positively UK has developed a weekend workshop programme for recently diagnosed people: Take Control, Learn, and Connect.

Marc Thompson & Jim Fielder
National Coordinator, Project 100 & Gay Men's Support Worker, Positively UK

The UK People Living with HIV Stigma Survey 2015

The landscape for people living with HIV (PLWH) in the UK has changed dramatically over the last 20 years with significant advances being made in treatment and prevention methods that enable PLWH to have improved life expectancy and opportunities to be involved in fulfilling relationships. However, there is still much to be done to significantly reduce stigma and discrimination and continue to improve the quality of life, health and overall wellbeing of PLWH.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17(2): 49–53

Irina Lut
Family Planning Association, London

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 Nursing

Sharing best practice in HIV care

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