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

Ian Hodgson

Welcome to the 2016 winter edition of HIV Nursing. This bumper issue has a strong focus on international issues, and includes abstracts accepted at this year’s second European HIV Nursing conference, held in Barcelona during November. This year also saw the 21st International AIDS Conference, providing a valuable insight into global initiatives fighting HIV, reporting on progress, and highlighting challenges in meeting various upcoming international targets.We’ve seen increasing focus on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), with national and international debates as to its availability and funding, including in the UK [1]. How to implement PrEP is still being decided, but the efficacy of this intervention is in no doubt [2]. We’ve also seen countries making rapid progress in scaling up HIV testing and treatment across several regions, as part of the 90-90-90 2020 target (90% of people living with HIV knowing their status, 90% of those individuals placed on antiretroviral therapy, and of these, 90% achieving undetectable viral load) [3]. Sweden is the first European country to achieve this [4], and we hope many more will follow in the next 3 years. Read more…