Issue 17.4

HIV across the lifespan

I am pleased to be presenting this issue to you as we offer a range of articles that represent people at different points of their lifespan and their experiences of living with HIV or caring for people with HIV.

John McLuskey
Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

HIV and bone health

Despite advances in HIV medicine people living with HIV (PLWH) continue to face many physical challenges. As the natural history of HIV infection evolves and with an ageing cohort, bone health and disease should be an important consideration for healthcare professionals working in this field.

Juliet Bennett
Independent Nurse Advisor

Freedom to Be: impact of CHIVA camp

This article presents the importance of peer support for young people growing up with HIV in the UK. We provide insight in to some of the challenges young people experience, by reviewing the impact of the Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA) camp: Freedom to Be (F2B).

Irina Lut, Katie Rowson, Amanda Ely
Researcher. Family Planning Association,Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire,CHIVA Manager

Reflections on prison HIV nursing

I am starting to write this reflection in the wake of riots in prisons in Bedford, Birmingham and Lewes and with a NHIVNA Conference (2015) invited lecture date in June on the horizon.

Martin Jones
Clinical Nurse Specialist, East Sussex Healthcare, NHS Trust

Women’s experiences of ageing with HIV in London

Out of a total of 101,200 people living with HIV (PLWH) in the UK 31,600 (31%) are women. The UK has an ageing population of PLWH, with over 34% of people accessing HIV care in 2015 aged ≥50 years.

Jaqcui Stevenson, Peter Keogh, John Smith, Elizabeth West
University of Greenwich,The Open University,University of Greenwich,University of Greenwich

Naming HIV to children: it’s time to talk

This article is a review of the literature, a presentation of a UK audit, and future proposals. Informing a child, they are HIV positive remains a challenge for the family, carers and healthcare professionals. The appropriate time to talk to children about their HIV status has changed along with the timeline of medication development.

Katie Warburton (Rowson)
Senior Lecturer, University of Lancashire and CHIVA Health Lead

Case study: ageing HIV-positive drug users

Approximately 25% of HIV-positive adults accessing care in the UK are aged over 50 years. Due to the success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), people living with HIV now have a life expectancy that is only slightly shorter than people who are not infected.Many drug users who were infected in the mid-1980s, but survived due to the introduction of ART, are now in this age bracket.

Linda Panton
Senior Charge Nurse, Edinburgh, NHS Lothian

Case study: Battle of the CQUINS

Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) national goals was introduced as a system in 2009. It made a proportion of healthcare providers’ income conditional on demonstrating improvements in quality and innovation in specified areas of patient care. Working with patients with HIV and hepatitis C can lead to a conflict between meeting the CQUINS and other targets set for the HIV service.

Ricky Gellissen
Hepatitis Clinical Nurse Specialist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

Innovative models of nursing care and the role of advanced nursing practice.

The 2017 Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference and Australasian Sexual Health Conference provided an opportunity for healthcare professionals, community organisations and people with lived experiences from countries including Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, UK and the US to share their knowledge and experiences in the fields of HIV, AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health.

Melinda Hassall & Elizabeth Crock
Clinical Nurse Lead, ASHM & HIV Clinical Nurse Consultant, Bolton Clarke Homeless Person's Program, Vice President ASHM

HIV Nursing

Sharing best practice in HIV care

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