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
- Engagement and Care Cascade