ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Day 3 - Glasgow 2016
Tiring but another interesting day at the conference. I am noticing two interesting themes which are coming from most presentations and that is - as the HIV population become older, more co-morbidities are occurring like cardiac, psychiatric, renal, bones, pain and all the issues that become apparent as we grow older. The presenters have pushed the message for these clients to be seen by the specialities that care for each complex issue and that all specialties communicate between each other.
The second theme was the fact that the younger generation are becoming infected with HIV and how do we engage this cohort in taking care of their health? Tandeep Anand from Thailand gave an interesting talk and statistics are as follows, 1 in 3 in Thailand have HIV and the majority use their mobiles between 7 - 8 hours per day and a high proportion monitor their health needs via their phone. Jennifer Whetham from Brighton, UK had also stated that >90% of 16-24 year olds have mobile phones. Reminders and Adherence is currently what Apps are used for and we must continue looking at ways Apps can be better utilised for health information. Francois Houyez from France spoke about privacy issues for medical Apps which was also interesting. He asked, do health Apps loose real contact?, Apps shouldn't replace face to face consults and probably could be used for the stable client and not to forget that our "data belongs to business". I am really enjoying soaking up all the evidence and research that is being done from around the world, this conference has been a real eye opener and one that I look forward to discussing with my peers on my return. Cheers Karinne