Issue 18.3

Holistic HIV care: bridging the gap between primary and secondary care

People with HIV (PWH) are living longer and, therefore, long-term conditions and comorbidities are on the increase, as well as among the general population. The ageing demographic in the UK is placing demands on service provision, hence, the need for innovative, cost-effective and high-quality services is crucial.

Elizabeth Foote
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital Trust

Peer mentorship to increase cervical cancer screening uptake in women living with HIV: a pilot project

Women living with HIV have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer. Screening guidelines recommend that women living with HIV (WLH) have a Papanicolaou (Pap) test more often than the usual standard of care.This project examined peer mentorship influence on cervical cancer screening uptake.

HIV Nursing 2018; 18(3): 59–61.

Jacqueline Thomas & Aimee Holland
DNP Candidate, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing US & Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, US

Joint working to treat hepatitis C in hard-to-reach patients who are co-infected: a case study example

As a result of shared routes of transmission, at least one quarter of people living with HIV globally are also infected with hepatitis C (HCV) and the rate of co-infection in the UK is estimated to be approximately 9%. Hepatitis C does not have an effect on HIV progression, but despite advances in treatment, patients who are co-infected with HIV and HC are still at higher risk of developing liver cirrhosis.

HIV Nursing 2018; 18: 63–66.

Lindsay Chalmers, Sara Lamond , Linda Panton
Blood Borne Virus Clinical Nurse Specialist, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh, NHS Lothian,Senior Charge Nurse, NHS Lothian

Managing a patient’s choice to opt out of treatment: three case studies

Ultimately, as healthcare professionals, our aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle, to deliver high-quality care and to enable people to live long and healthy lives. So how do we approach and manage those patients who choose to opt out of treatment and also the consequences of this decision?

HIV Nursing 2018; 18: 67–69.

Elizabeth Foote
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust

HIV co-infections: TB, HCV and HBV

Immunodeficiency caused by suboptimally treated HIV infection increases the risk of additional concurrent infections, both opportunistic and those that occur in spite of a relatively robust immune system. In relation to the latter, this article identifies three such infections that continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality in people living with HIV globally.

HIV Nursing 2018; 18: 70–76

Juliet Bennett
Independent Nurse Advisor

Report from the 22nd International AIDS Society Conference 23–27 July 2018, Amsterdam, the Netherlands: a nurse’s view

The theme of the conference was ‘breaking barriers, building bridges', but this was lost in a sea of U=U (undetectable=untransmittable), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and activism talks, banners, t-shirts and chanting.

HIV Nursing 2018; 18: 78–79.

Shaun Watson
Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust

HIV Nursing

Sharing best practice in HIV care

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