Early diagnosis of HIV prevents future ill health or death, stops viral transmission to partners and children, and reduces burden to public health budgets.
Using a pilot study and a cluster RCT (RHIVA2), this project demonstrated that HIV screening in Hackney general practice increased HIV diagnosis and was acceptable to staff and patients.
The project found that nurse-led HIV screening in general practice:
- is feasible and acceptable to staff and patients
- increases HIV testing, and is associated with increased and earlier diagnosis
- is cost-effective
- benefits most those people at risk of late diagnosis.