This lecture delivered by Dr Nneka Nwokolo will focus on the advances that have been made in HIV over the last few years that haven't entered the general public consciousness.
6pm Arrival refreshments (tea and coffee)
6.30pm Lecture starts
7.30pm Lecture finishes
Advances in testing, prevention and treatment for HIV infection mean that the people who receive effective treatment are uninfectious and therefore unable to pass the virus on to others, including sexual partners and unborn babies. Effective treatment also means that the life expectancy of people living with HIV is the same, and in some cases, greater than that of the general population. The availability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - medication taken by people at risk of catching HIV has had ground-breaking effects on HIV transmission in many parts of the world.
However, there are still many countries where HIV treatment is not widely available or accessible to all who need it, and HIV related stigma remains a significant barrier to access to effective prevention and treatment services.
Dr Nneka Nwokolo is a consultant physician at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where she trained in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine. Her research interests include the prevention of HIV transmission, and she has been involved in initiatives that have resulted in a significant reduction in HIV diagnoses in men who have sex with men in London. She is also interested in the sexual and reproductive health of women, and particularly HIV positive women, and she is a passionate advocate for women’s access to HIV prevention strategies including HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). She was the Chair of the Writing Group for the 2015 British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) UK national Chlamydia treatment guidelines and has contributed to other national and international sexual health and HIV treatment guidelines.