Women, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, should be included during the design and implementation of culturally-sensitive HIV health care
Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 27, 2016
Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2016) – In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the American Academy of Nursing announced its support of the inclusion of women’s perspectives in all aspects of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. The Academy stresses that women have unique perspectives in their health care that may differ from those of men, and there is a greater need to include the voices of women when designing and implementing HIV prevention programs.
The Academy’s policy brief “Engaging the voice of women in HIV prevention, care, and treatment” was published in the January/February 2016 issue of the Academy’s journal, Nursing Outlook.
“The Academy urges the inclusion of women’s perspectives and experiences to improve health outcomes. Women, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, should be included during the design and implementation of culturally-sensitive HIV health care,” said Academy President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN.
The policy brief recommends that registered nurses, as well as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), be included to “…advance gender-specific and culturally relevant education and prevention processes, such as peer navigation programs and social networking, to enhance HIV screening, testing, and surveillance.”
Read the full policy brief at http://www.nursingoutlook.org/article/S0029-6554%2815%2900337-1/abstract
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