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How can all nurses be active in preventing the spread of HIV?

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Perry N (2013) Preventing the spread of HIV infection. Nursing Times; 109: 22, 12-15.

“Approximately 96,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, a quarter of whom are unaware they are infected. While in some parts of the world the number of people newly infected with HIV has fallen, in the UK in 2011 there was a rise in the number of men who have sex with men being diagnosed. HIV prevention strategies are a public health priority, while ongoing research into HIV testing in all clinical settings remains a priority.


“This article explores preventive measures that can be used to reduce the spread of HIV and offers advice on how nurses can contribute to these.”

 

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