Stamping out the stigma of HIV in the NHS

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27 / 11 / 2014 2.30pm

Monday 1 December is World AIDS Day and to mark this, a number of NHS trusts have signed up to a commitment to ‘No HIV Stigma’ in our NHS. 

National AIDS trust (NAT) is working with NHS organisations up and down the country to eliminate HIV stigma from the NHS, as well as sending out accurate information about HIV to staff.

NAT has also produced an e-learning resource specifically designed as a refresher for health and social care professionals. The training resource will help staff to feel confident about treating and caring for someone living with HIV and includes information on the routes of HIV transmission and levels of HIV risk in a health and social care setting.

The resource will also help service users and colleagues living with HIV are treated appropriately and that understanding of HIV is accurate and up to date. 

The stigma and discrimination is often related to poor understanding of how HIV is transmitted. Providing staff with the essential information is key to eradicating experiences of HIV stigma from the NHS.

You can find out more about the ‘No HIV Stigma’ campaign and use the resources by visiting the HIVaware website and you can find out who has already signed up to the commitment. Alternatively for more information, help and guidance contact kat.smithson@nat.org.uk 

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