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.

Last day of conference in Glasgow 2016

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Enjoyable last day, great morning sessions discussing PrEP and The way forward. I managed to sit through all presentations as I felt that I may pick up on some information which I found interesting and I could take home. I have truely enjoyed this conference and feel I have learnt so much and can't wait to share to anyone who will listen.

I feel I could make a difference in Refugee Health as I would like to commence education on my return. Where and how could I commence this? Currently, I believe NSW refugee nurses aren't discussing Sexual Health to the extent it needs to be discussed. I am going to talk about HIV and STI's at my initial nurse assessment and would like to talk about this conference to other Refugee nurses. Humanitarian refugees have already had a HIV test prior to coming to Australia. Depending on the country of origin, depends on the clients sexual health knowledge and from experience, I have found that most refugees and the CALD populations have had no sex education prior to coming to Australia. 

I would invite other organisations such as FPA and the Sexual Health service to help with education. Another possibility would be to educate at my outreach clinic at TAFE Newcastle. I am unsure of the numbers of NESB clients living in the Newcastle area with HIV. Don't forget to use interpreters for NESB's and give houndouts in their first language.

My role will now include discussion around safe sex, sexual health, informing clients of services which can provide testing, online websites and Apps and to provide this information in their first language if they are literate. 

2017 celebrates 30 years of ART's and I look forward to immersing myself in new literature and research. Very exciting research and clinical trials looking at durable remission/cure which may also include the 're-building of the immune system'.

Thankyou to ASHM for this scholarship which has made me so excited and full of energy to go and educate Refugee nurses around Australia in all that is offered regarding sexual health. There are so many exciting trials happening around the world and I am optimistic that someone will find a cure. I also want to look into the App world more to see how we can use the tool for research. Since HIV has been classed as a chronic illness, I wonder how clinicians are keeping their clients on a happy, healthy pathway since the clients are living longer? This is a discussion that we should have later. It is difficult to motivate clients to continue medication regimes when they feel well and we see this in psychiatry and clients with diabetes. Just 'food for thought' . Cheers Karinne

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