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An audit of knowledge, attitude and sexual practise of HIV positive patients in Beaumont Hospital.

  • David McMahon1 and
  • Samuel McConkey1, 2
BMC Proceedings20159(Suppl 7):A8

Published: 27 October 2015


Public HealthViral LoadSexual PracticeCorrect AnswerPositive Patient


This study explores the effectiveness of information provision in the HIV clinic in Beaumont Hospital, determining whether the patients understand the information provided and change their beliefs and practices as a result.


Patients were asked a series of questions in a structured interview. The information was then analysed on a population basis by ethnicity and viral load.


684 questions were asked to ascertain the patient's knowledge of HIV transmission with an 82% (n=559) rate of correct answers. 72% (n=37) of those who had sex in the past year in this study stated that they had not had sex without a condom in that period.


There is room for improvement in knowledge of transmission in the clinic. An 8% gap existed between Irish patients (89%) and all other patients (81%) in the area of HIV transmission. The understanding that antiretroviral drugs can aid in preventing HIV transmission is lacking in many patients. Many patients have changed their sexual practices while attending the clinic to protect both themselves and their partners.

Authors’ Affiliations

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2, Ireland
Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland


© McMahon and McConkey 2015

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