Issue 17.2

360° person-centred care: a call to add a fourth 90 to the 2020 UNAIDS 90-90-90 treatment targets

Welcome to this issue of HIV Nursing. I feel honoured writing this editorial focusing on stigma and the impact it has on people living with HIV.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17 (2): 35

Michelle Croston
Senior Lecturer, Advance Nurse Practitioner

Continuing Professional Developement: HIV and mental health

Despite advances in HIV medicine people living with HIV (PLWH) continue to face many challenges. These include successfully adhering to treatment recommendations to maintain optimal health, negotiating disclosure of HIV status and coping with living with a stigmatised condition, all of which can impact on mental health and wellbeing. Pre-existing mental health difficulties can amplify these challenges. The co-occurrence of HIV and mental illness poses a significant public health problem and represents a challenge for healthcare professionals (HCPs) working in this field. In order to effectively identify and meet the mental health needs for PLWH vigilance, knowledge and enhanced communication skills from nurses are required.

HIV Nursing 2017: 17(2); 37–47

Juliet Bennett
Independent Nurse Advisor

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

How could a smartphone app improve health outcomes for HIV-positive MSM?

This article discusses the development and thinking behind a smartphone application, called Positive Thinking that aims to promote improved health outcomes, such as medication adherence, through the use of technology-based education and to support newly diagnosed men who have sex with men.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17(2): 54–56

Jaz Hudson & Michelle Croston
Student Nurse & Senior Lecturer, Advance Nurse Practitioner

Stigma and HIV: the current situation

As health professionals we aim to do the best we can for our patients by attempting to address these problems and providing working solutions for them. But do we always address one of the main challenges faced by those living with HIV: stigma. Long-standing evidence proves that stigma poses a major issue in HIV care and not only affects those living with HIV but the people around them.

HIV Nursing 2017; 17(2): 57–62

Kyle Carabini
HIV and Sexual Health Research Nurse

‘Just take a tablet and you’ll be okay’: medicalisation, the growth of stigma and the silencing of HIV

This article explores the growth and impact of the medicalisation of HIV and HIV-related stigma. Since the early days of the virus when treatments were unavailable, political voices for HIV advocacy were powerful; public discourse reflected these changes with growing public-health campaigns that began to demystify HIV as a concept.

HIV Nursing 2017: 17(2); 62–68

Andrew Dalton
Lecturer in Social Sciences

HIV Nursing

Sharing best practice in HIV care

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