Sunday 22 November 2020
“Your guide to Standards of Care for People Living with HIV” sets out the standards of care expected in the UK for people living with HIV, in a language and format specifically aimed at HIV patients. The BHIVA Standards of Care, published in 2018, are invaluable to those delivering or commissioning care, but can be challenging to understand for the group that most needs them, people living with HIV and receiving care. The new Guide puts them first and was written by people living with HIV for people living with HIV.
Produced with the support of BHIVA, and a grant from the MAC AIDS Fund, the Guide looks at the standards from a patient perspective. It highlights what a person living with HIV might reasonably expect to receive in terms of care in the UK at all stages of their HIV journey. It will be launched at the November 2020 BHIVA conference, and is available online here: https://standards.bhiva.org. Print copies will also be available in the New Year for people who do not have ready access to the internet.
The new Guide includes only essential information and so has been reduced to a third of the pages in the full 2018 BHIVA Standards. It is available on a specially designed, user-friendly website, which features links to the full 2018 Standards, and other trusted sites, for extra detail. The website is designed to work on mobile devices (phones and iPads) as well as computers and is easy to navigate. It includes a link to two surveys: one to help assess the usefulness of the Guide and the second to ask questions that will help BHIVA to see if the Standards are being properly followed.