Knowledge of HIV and related best practices among non-HIV specific health care providers


Key take-home messages
  • One Canadian and several U.S. surveys have consistently shown a lack of HIV-related knowledge, awareness of HIV-related guidelines, and failure to screen for HIV among non-HIV specific health care providers.
  • Lack of HIV-related knowledge represents missed opportunities to reverse HIV-related dementia, curb the epidemic and successfully treat patients
  • High rates of stigmatizing attitudes and a refusal to treat patients with bloodborne infections have been reported among non-HIV specific health care providers.
  • Non-HIV specific health care providers can be trained to provide high-quality care. Organized education programs have been shown to increase testing rates, improve HIV-related knowledge and improve awareness of HIV related guidelines.


The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service




  • Determinants of Health
    • Stigma/discrimination
  • Population(s)
    • Other
  • Engagement and Care Cascade
    • Treatment
  • Testing
    • Testing


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