HIV prevention continues to be a significant public health problem in the United States. Despite advances in HIV prevention and care, HIV-related illness is still the ninth leading cause of death among those between 25 and 44 years of age (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). Identifying clinical pathways for access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can play a key role in HIV prevention. PrEP, a biomedical tool to prevent the acquisition of HIV, reduces the risk of HIV in high-risk individuals by more than 90%.
A team of researchers, which includes four faculty members from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and led by Dr. Greg Carter, a professor at the IUB School of Nursing, developed a 10-item instrument that can predict whether an advanced practice nurse is ready to prescribe PrEP for HIV.
Carter’s investigation into opportunities for systems improvement of PrEP consultation and prescribing through Advance Practice Nurses in Indiana is innovative and was featured in the recent January 14 edition of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. “Dr. Carter’s study is the first of PrEP studies to be solely focused on nurses,” said Dr. Beth Meyerson from the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP).
“As an Advanced Practice Nurse, I recognize our potential to address the HIV epidemic by changing how we assess and screen patients. This study is one more important step toward moving the practice forward,” said Carter, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Public Health-Bloomington.
The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington faculty members on the research team are Wasantha Jayawardene, Jon Agley, Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, and Beth Meyerson. The team also includes Justin Garcia from The Kinsey Institute and Wendy Miller from the IU School of Nursing.
For the complete article as published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, please click here: https://bit.ly/2NfaRo5.