Introduction With an imminent split of our HIV service from an integrated sexual health service we felt it a timely opportunity to address anonymised blood testing in the HIV service.
Historically patients have had routine monitoring for HIV under their GUM number unless pregnant or have requested specific bloods under their name. Continued isolation of the HIV service, while complying with HIV patients wish for enhanced confidentiality, can have a negative impact on their care- increasing clinical risk and duplication of tests. As our patient age they require multidisciplinary input to manage comorbidities so integrated working is essential.
Methods Patients were provided with an information leaflet about the service change and completed a survey/consent form starting in December 2015. If patients agreed to the switch this was implemented for their subsequent bloods.
Results Our cohort size in 2015 was 394 – 2/3rd are male and over half MSM. So far 301 patient questionnaires have been analysed.
Results show 93% of patients have consented to changing to named bloods with a generally positive feedback to this change. We will present the results looking at the differences between those that consent and those that do not.
Discussion Results suggest that the majority of patients are not concerned about loss of anonymity through switching to named blood samples. Switching to named blood samples is one small step in reducing the isolation of HIV care.
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