A new campaign has been launched by the RCN to raise awareness about patients with HIV.
The ‘Think Positive’ campaign aims to stop discrimination by health professionals towards HIV patients, by encouraging college members to learn more about the disease.
Enrique Castro-Sanchez, the RCN advisor’s on sexual health and HIV, said: ‘It doesn’t matter where we work in nursing, we are now more likely than ever to care for someone with HIV. As nurses, we have to be able to respond to these changing needs, and help patient through the problems they may encounter on a daily basis.’
Public health minister Dawn Primarolo has also announced extra funding of £17.6m for local authorities to finance care for those with HIV or AIDS.
The National AIDS Trust says that one in three HIV patients has experienced financial problems and many have been denied treatment or been given poor advice by healthcare professionals.
Currently, over 52,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with HIV.