The key to successful implementation of HIV testing in dermatology and venereology is to ensure systems and procedures are in place, staff and colleagues are fully informed and expert support is readily available.
The HIV specialist team may also be able to provide a member of the team such as an HIV nurse or counsellor to help you with giving a positive test result, if this is ever required. Make sure you have the contact details of someone in the specialist service who can give you urgent clinical advice or arrange an immediate referral in case this is ever needed.
When one of your patients is diagnosed with HIV and referred for specialist HIV care, it is important to ensure good ongoing communication with the HIV specialist if you are also continuing to see the patient. In this way, you can both be fully informed about the patient’s progress and provide co-ordinated care, liaising as needed about any emerging problems and avoiding potential drug-drug interactions.