Increasing the confidence of nursing staff to address the sexual health needs of people living with HIV: The use of Motivational Interviewing

A Byrne, R Watson, C A Butler, A Accoroni

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Abstract

The need to promote safer sexual behaviour has taken on new urgency in the UK because of large increases in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The sexual health needs of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA) also require attention as part of health promotion efforts. Many sexual health clinics are however struggling with high demand and limited resources. Within this context, this paper describes an innovate attempt at STI prevention with PLHA. Specifically, nursing staff were trained in the use of motivational interviewing to address sexual health issues and safer sexual behaviour in PLHA. We describe the training package and the impact upon participants. We conclude that by providing a positive training experience, front-line health staff that see the highest volume of PLHA with repeat STIs, can be assisted in developing their skills and confidence in prevention work with clients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-504
Number of pages4
JournalAids Care-Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of Aids/Hiv
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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Keywords

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • Nursing staff

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