HIV Prevention and Adherence to Treatment

Activity Description

The chosen scholarly activity for this course is the Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence. It will take place on August 20 in Miami, Fl. This conference will examine issues connected to the current practices regarding HIV prevention and treatment. Furthermore, presentations on the topic of therapy adherence will be held to show which actions can be taken to increase the rate of patients’ compliance and participation in the process of care. Finding and evaluating contemporary ways of prevention will be viewed as the primary goals of the conference.

All discussions will consider the latest research in the sphere of HIV treatment options and include various perspectives from clinical professionals. To present a narrow and focused topic for the main forum, organizers chose the central theme of this conference to be “Impact through Interaction.” This particular angle will allow the participants and the guests to talk about methods that can make intervention initiatives more effective with the help of communicational and behavioral skills.

Activity Analysis

This activity was chosen because it presents an opportunity to learn more about disease prevention – the primary concern of contemporary health care. The target market for this conference includes different types of healthcare workers – nurses and nurse practitioners, community health specialists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, peer educators, advocates, and other professionals engaged in the field of HIV treatment. The need to prevent HIV from spreading is especially crucial, as this infection can quickly affect whole communities and lead to devastating health-related outcomes if left unattended (Maartens, Celum, & Lewin, 2014).

Therefore, prevention initiatives have become the most valuable programs regarding HIV rates in a population. For example, one of the major approaches to treating HIV is antiretroviral therapy which helps people who have the infection to live longer and turns HIV from a fatal condition into a chronic disease (Maartens et al., 2014). It also lowers the possibility of such persons transmitting the virus to other people. However, it may be difficult for individuals with HIV to access treatment and adhere to it for several reasons.

Some groups such as men in sexual relationships with men face a stigma that prevents them from receiving timely care. Similarly, people with drug addictions who use injections also cannot access health care services due to the fear of being mistreated (Maartens et al., 2014). In these and other instances, the qualifications of medical professionals have to include the ability to assist patients in their adherence to treatment. For this purpose, such conferences as the one discussed above can be of significant help. A possible way to improve patients’ attitudes towards antiretroviral therapy lies in communication and education. As studies note, the rate of adherence to the regimen is strongly connected to the procedure’s success (Maartens et al., 2014).

If a person does not receive necessary treatment according to the created schedule, he/she is more likely to develop resistance to it. Thus, people have to understand that adherence is essential in dealing with HIV. The benefits of participating in the conference are closely connected to nursing skills and competencies for practice. First of all, its discussions support the aspect of holistic care because they provide ways to deal with sensitive issues and patients whose experiences are often stigmatized. Second, this conference offers nurses some ways to communicate with patients therapeutically. Finally, it supports the domain of nursing practice by helping nurses to promote disease prevention.

Reference

Maartens, G., Celum, C., & Lewin, S. R. (2014). HIV infection: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention. The Lancet, 384(9939), 258-271.