Tuesday 28 January 2020
The 2019 Annual Report of the British HIV Association’s (BHIVA) Audit and Standards Subcommittee has now been published. This summarises findings from the 2019 national clinical audit of management pathways from HIV diagnosis to starting antiretroviral therapy (ART). Other projects include the development of a standardised process for investigating late diagnoses of HIV, collaboration with Public Health England to extend the existing London HIV Mortality Review across the UK, and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for assessing quality of HIV care.
The 2019 national audit found that only two thirds of individuals were assessed by an HIV specialist clinician within two weeks of testing HIV positive, and that there was wide variation between sites in recorded discussion of evidence that viral load suppression on ART means the person cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners (U=U) and of availability of peer/community support. Recommendations for improvement are included in the report.
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