- First prize: £250 and a year's free RSM membership
- Second prize: A year's free RSM membership
Submission deadline: 15 December 2021
Meeting date: 11 February 2022
Open to: Medical students and trainee doctors within the field of sexual health and associated specialisms within GU/SRH.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a blood-borne virus. HIV disease caused by infection with HIV-1 or HIV-2, which are retroviruses belong to the Retroviridae family, Lentivirus genus. Over the years we have more understanding of HIV disease with real advances in HIV treatment and prevention.
HIV can be transmitted in various ways like sexual intercourse, shared intravenous drug paraphernalia, and mother-to-child transmission (MTCT), which can occur during the birth process or during breastfeeding.
You have been appointed by the health secretory to work as a specialist in Public Health England. Your task is to advise health secretory about the strategies and interventions (including behaviour modification) to reduce HIV transmission in the UK.
- You should adhere to the 2000-word limit (excluding references)
- Your essay should have a structure: title, introduction, content and conclusion
- Epidemiology of HIV infection in the UK, with references to prevalence, incidence, modes of transmission, risks of acquisition and health promotion initiatives
- The various intervention packages to reduce HIV transmission, including behaviour modification, risk assessment of HIV acquisition and risk reduction
- The main challenges would be to implement these packages of services and how might these be addressed?
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their essay at the "HIV training day" section meeting on Friday 11 February 2022.
For any queries regarding the essay, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.