Issue 15.2

Drugs, alcohol and HIV: It’s all about extremes

Themes, themes, themes. Deciding the themes we select for HIV Nursing can be an arduous task. Over the past 11 years we have exhausted many avenues, but surprisingly we’ve never really hit upon drugs and alcohol.

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist

ChemSex and care-planning: One year in practice

Throughout the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the disinhibition and poor judgement associated with drugs and alcohol have continuously impacted our patients’ abilities to practice safe sex and to keep themselves safe from infection.

David Stuart & Johannes Weymann
Substance Use Lead & Specialist Advisor, 56 Dean Street

HIV and frailty: Just another symptom?

It seems obvious doesn’t it: we get older we get frailer. But are the two things automatically connected, and what is frailty? To some it’s generalised weakness, the inability to complete activities of living, or is it just an affliction of old age?

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist

The elephant in the room?

The question of addiction as it relates to drug/alcohol use and sexual behaviours: raising the issue with patients

Steve Barlow
Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor in Private Practice

HIV and homelessness in central London: Reflections from a specialist homeless general practice

The term ‘homelessness’ is interpreted in a variety of ways, depending on perspective and context. The definition which is generally accepted within healthcare settings includes rough sleepers and those in temporary accommodation such as hostel dwellers, couch surfers and squatters.

Maxine Radcliffe
London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Group

Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome: The hidden dementia in HIV? A case study

For some living with HIV, alcohol use may go hand in hand with recreational or street drug use, poverty, anxiety and/or mental health issues. This article will look at the development of Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome.

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist

HIV Nursing

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