Nurses call for greater support to help people with HIV

Nurses are calling for more support and help for a new generation of people living into older age with HIV. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says older people face stigma, anxiety and lack of awareness from the public and health care staff.

RCN in Wales: "HIV and Aids are still making an impact"

The Royal College of Nursing will debate the issue of HIV awareness on the first day of it's annual Congress in Liverpool tomorrow.

It's calling for more support to help a new generation of older people living with the condition.

The attention and focus may have shifted from HIV in the 1980s, but the condition is still very real for those who have been diagnosed and they need to be supported, clinically, emotionally and financially.

– Peter Meredith-Smith, Associate Director, RCN in Wales

Nurses call for greater support to help generation of older people with HIV

Estimates show around a fifth of all people in the UK with HIV are aged 50+ Credit: PA

Nurses are calling for more support and help for a new generation of people living into older age with HIV.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says older people face stigma, anxiety and lack of awareness from the public and health care staff.

It's estimated that around a fifth of all people in the UK with HIV are now aged 50 and over, as treatments improve and life expectancy for the condition approaches the national average.

Nursing staff across the UK will be debating the issue of HIV awareness tomorrow, the first day of the RCN's annual Congress in Liverpool.

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