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Pharmacists should be involved in preventing HIV

by News team

Pharmacists should be actively involved in preventing HIV infection and promoting diagnostic testing, HIV Pharmacy Association chairman Sharon Byrne said ahead of the “Time to test” conference, held this week to mark world AIDS day (1 December 2010).

Her comments follow the Health Protection Agency’s release of the latest report on HIV infection in the UK, which suggests that a quarter of the estimated 86,500 people with the virus might be unaware that they have it.

“The benefits of readily accessible and highly effective treatment are not being realised by the 25 per cent of individuals with HIV who are unaware of their status,” said Mrs Byrne: “[The] HIVPA, as well as promoting the appropriate use of HIV treatment, also encourages pharmacists to be proactive in prevention strategies and promoting HIV testing.”

See also Antiretrovirals could protect high-risk groups against HIV infection

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11049306

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