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New training program will allow NPs in BC to prescribe antiretrovirals

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS & CRNBC announce new training program to expand role of BC nurse practitioners as antiretroviral prescribers

posted Aug. 8, 2018

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the College of Registered Nurses of BC are pleased to announce a novel educational initiative and updated prescribing standards that expand the role of BC's nurse practitioners for prescribing antiretroviral treatment (ART) for people living with HIV, as well as for HIV prevention (pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)).

The new nurse practitioner training program will launch in two tiers, starting this fall:

  • Tier 1: Treatment for HIV Prevention (PEP/PrEP prescription)
  • Tier 2: Treatment for People Living with HIV (ARV Initiation and Management)

Nurse practitioners are integral to the successful Treatment as Prevention® strategy, which forms the foundation of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Target to end AIDS by 2030. Expanding nurse practitioners' roles in HIV care increases the provincial capacity to prevent new HIV cases and help improve quality of life for those living with HIV—particularly in areas with underserved populations.

Contact BC-CfE Clinical Education and Training for more information at education@cfenet.ubc.ca.

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