21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)


Nurses Are Primary HIV Care Providers, But Go Unrecognized and Unsupported

August 15, 2016

On behalf of IFARA, Fred Schaich spoke at this year's International AIDS Conference with Susan Michaels-Strasser, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, about the needs of nurses in HIV care. In the majority of countries around the world nurses provide most of the HIV services, as well as much of the primary care. Yet, research funding, participation in meetings such as this conference and professional support do not reflect this fact, Michaels-Strasser noted. While nurses "will jump in to do the work," they need the resources to do so, she continued. Her organization, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), has created a global call to action to help people in this profession obtain the necessary resources and support. It includes the following demands: policy changes to support nurse-led care, greater investments in nursing, support for interprofessional collaboration and equity in decision-making. This call to action has been endorsed by a number of organizations, including UNAIDS and the International AIDS Society.

Watch the video to learn more:

About the panelist:

  • Susan Michaels-Strasser, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, FAAN, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and Columbia University, New York

The video above has been posted on with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the conference, as well as earlier meetings.

Barbara Jungwirth is a freelance writer and translator based in New York.

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