With current levels of public knowledge about HIV so low, many people need the advice of healthcare professionals to help safeguard their sexual health.
But how up-to-date is your own HIV knowledge?
|Asked these questions by a patient, colleague, friend or relative, what would be your answer?|
|A|| Does HIV infection have symptoms?
|B|| How soon can a test tell me if I’ve been infected with HIV?
|C|| Can HIV be passed on through biting, spitting or kissing?
|D||Can people be prosecuted for passing on HIV?|
Much has changed in the field of HIV and AIDS since the early 1980s and as a consequence many people’s knowledge (including the knowledge of healthcare professionals) is based on incomplete, inaccurate and outdated information.
If any of the answers to these questions came as a surprise, there is now a simple way for you to ensure your knowledge – and the knowledge of the people you care for – is right up-to-date.
Prevention through education
HIV experts NAT (National AIDS Trust), working in partnership with Durex, are making clear, current and trustworthy information about HIV available to healthcare professionals and to the public through two websites:
Up-to-date information guaranteed by NAT (National AIDS Trust)
- Up-to-date facts and information about HIV, including busting of some common myths.
- A simple questionnaire to help people decide if they have put themselves at risk.
- Real stories from people living with HIV in the UK.
Recommend the public visit www.HIVaware.org.uk
HIVtoday – up-to-date professional development
Hosted on the Durex Healthcare Professional website, HIVtoday will give you all the information you need to answer everyday questions about HIV. It includes:
- HIV facts that every healthcare professional should know.
- Model answers to common questions from colleagues and the public.
- Online assessment of your knowledge with a certificate as evidence of your CPD.
* Source: Ipsos MORI research 2010. 20% of people did not identify ‘sex without a condom between a man and a woman’ as a way that HIV could be passed from person to person. The same percentage failed to identify ‘sex without a condom between two men’.
This is a promotional feature article that has been produced by Reckitt Benckiser (Durex).