Working in the field of HIV can be complex, varied, rewarding and exciting. It is an area which is rapidly changing and often challenging. Whatever your job, working with people who are living with HIV is often multi-faceted and may require you to provide advice and support on a range of issues, in addition to those which are treatment related such as;
- Employment – Information about employment law and advice on dealing with workplace issues that people with HIV may face.
- Anti-discrimination legislation – How the law protects people with HIV against discrimination when using services, including health care.
- Housing – Advice on housing issues for people with HIV, including homelessness.
- Personal finance – Information on insurance, mortgages, pensions and savings etc for people living with HIV.
- Making a will – The importance of having a will and how to prepare one.
- Travel – Information on travel restrictions, travelling with medication, vaccinations, travel insurance and obtaining health care abroad.
- Immigration and asylum – An overview of immigration law and the asylum process as it may affect people with HIV.
- Access to health care – Information on the provision of and access to health care in local area.
- Transmission of HIV as a criminal offence – Information about policing and prosecutions of HIV transmission.
- Confidentiality – Information about the law of confidentiality, in medical and non-medical settings.
- Consent to HIV tests and treatment – The right to refuse medical tests and treatment, and how this applies to adults without mental capacity, pregnant women, children and young people.
- End-of-life issues – Information about delegating decisions, declaring future treatment wishes and financial planning, and formalities after a death.
- Prisoners – How health care is provided in prison and access to HIV prevention materials
- Providing health care – The provision of safe, appropriate & evidence-based medical & nursing care and other associated interventions within recognised clinical guidelines
Support and advice for health care workers on all these issues can be found by contacting or joining organisations that provide education, advice and networking opportunities such as those listed below:
PAS (Prisoners Advice Service) www.prisonersadvice.org.uk
Peter Tatchell Organisation; www.petertatchellfoundation.org
NAT (National AIDS Trust) www.nat.org.uk
NHIVNA (National HIV Nurse Association, UK); www.nhivna.org
CHIVA (Childrens’ HIV Association); www.chiva.org.uk
BHIVA (British HIV Association) www.bhiva.org
BASHH (British Society for Sexual Health and HIV); www.bashh.org.uk
BASW (British Association of Social Workers); www.basw.co.uk
Medfash (Medical Foundation for HIV & Sexual Health); www.medfash.org.uk
Health Rights and Patient Information; www.hris.org.uk/professionals
THT (Terrance Higgins Trust); www.tht.org.uk
Citizens Advice; www.citizensadvice.org.uk
EACS (European AIDS Clinical Society); www.eacs.org
EHNN (European Nurses Network); www.eurohivnursing.net
IAPAC (International Association of Providers of AIDS Care); www.iapac.org