Improvement in screening for sexually transmitted infections in HIV-positive patients following implementation of a nurse-led clinic

Hamlyn, E.; Barrett, S.; Kelsey, J.; Lockyer, S.; Welz, T.; Poulton, M.
June 2007
International Journal of STD & AIDS;Jun2007, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p424
Academic Journal
The objective of this study was to assess changes in the uptake of sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening resulting from implementation of a specific STI clinic for HIV-positive patients. An audit of STI screening in HIV-positive patients was undertaken before and after the establishment of the clinic. Significant increases in the number of patients having a sexual health discussion and annual health screen were seen. High rates of positive results were found in all patient groups. National guidelines recommend regular STI screening for all HIV-positive patients. A specific clinic for HIV-positive patients is feasible and acceptable and may result in an increase in uptake of STI screening.


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