Issue 16.4

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

Welcome to the 2016 winter issue of HIV Nursing. This bumper edition has a strong focus on international issues. As always, we invite feedback on these articles and if you would like to comment, please send a message to

Ian Hodgson
Independent Consultant

Understanding factors behind the late testing and diagnoses of HIV: a review of the international literature

Late diagnosis of HIV results in increased morbidity and mortality and raises the potential for onward transmission to others. It also increases costs to health-service providers and impacts on national health budgets. This is a review of the literature available from an international study investigating barriers to early HIV testing from the perspectives of both patients and healthcare professionals.

Stephen J. O'Connor & Sharon Manship
Canterbury Christ Church University & Canterbury Christ Church University

Are the WHOQOL-HIV-Bref and 15D adequate measures of quality of life in HIV-infected adults?

The WHOQOL-HIV-Bref has been widely used in the assessment of quality of life (QoL) in HIV, but it has never been simultaneously evaluated with any generic health-related QoL (HRQoL) instrument. The aim of this study was to test the psychometric properties of the WHOQOL-HIV-Bref and compare it with the generic 15D HRQoL instrument in a sample of Finnish HIV-infected patients.

Nuno Nobre , Marco Pereira , Risto P. Roine , Jussi Sutinen, Harri Sintonen
Hartman Hospital, Finland,University of Coimbra, Portugal,Research Centre for Comparative Effectiveness and Patient Safety, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland,University of Eastern Finland,University of Helsinki, Finland

HIV survivors in a resource-rich setting: middle-aged and older HIV-infected sub-Saharan African migrant women in Belgium

The population of HIV-infected women is increasing as antiretroviral therapy coverage continues to expand worldwide. Limited research has explored the challenges middle-aged and older migrant women from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) face as they survive and grow older with HIV in a resource-rich setting such as Belgium. These women are likely to be invisible to care interventions that may help them age well with this disease. The aim of this paper is to explore the challenges SSA migrant women face on surviving and ageing with HIV, and understand what helps them to persist in HIV care and management.

Agnes E. Arrey, Johan Bilsen, Patrick Lacor, Reginald Deschepper
Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group,Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group,Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases,Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group

Young HIV-positive people and experiences of HIV stigma in the UK: a pilot study

Children and young people with HIV disease in the UK are now surviving into adolescence and adulthood in greater numbers than ever before and of the 1934 known HIV-positive children and young people in the UK and Ireland, 65% are now over the age of 15 years. Most young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) in the UK are of African origin and face multiple challenges and stressors including medical concerns, psychological issues and exposure to HIV stigma.

Tomás Campbell, Jane Griffiths, Rebecca Wilkins
Consultant Clinical Psychologist,Principal Clinical Psychologist,Advanced Nurse Practitioner

HIV care and prevention – nurses still at the forefront: a report from the 2016 European HIV Nursing Conference, 18–19 November 2016, Barcelona, Spain

In November 2016, the second European HIV Conference for nurses working in HIV care was held in Barcelona, Spain. The majority of the 150 or so attendees work in the European region though some came from as far away as Singapore, Australia, and Israel. The conference was hosted by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in association with the European HIV Nursing Network (EHNN) and the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA).

Ian Hodgson
Conference Co-chair

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