John Renshaw
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 8, Iss. 10, 17 Oct 2016, pp 507 - 514

The World Health Organization recognises HIV as a global health problem.
Within the UK there are over 100,000 people living with HIV; 6,000 new
cases are diagnosed each year and there is an unrelenting rate of transmission
between men who have sex with men (MSM). Paramedics are increasingly likely
to encounter patients living with HIV, and it is necessary for them to be familiar
with HIV, HIV treatment and the tailored high-impact prevention strategies
used to reduce the rate of HIV transmission. Paramedics can also attempt to
reduce the spread of HIV by encouraging HIV testing, post-exposure prophylaxis
treatment, and routine use of condoms during sexual intercourse. This article
aims to provide an overview of HIV within the UK population.

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