Issue 15.1

Blood-borne pathogens: Further opportunities for ‘gold standard’ nursing care

We kick off 2015 with a look at blood-borne pathogens and related issues. I hope this issue provides you with some food forthought and some inspiration. HIVN 2015; 15: 1-2

Juliet Bennett
Independent Nurse Advisor

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

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