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HIV and Menopause: Survey Results

21 May 2018

University College London published the results of an HIV and menopause questionnaire survey, Thursday 17 May 2018. Kathy Abernethy, chairperson of the British Menopause Society, is part of the Q&A panel and has summarised the key points of the survey results.

Menopause in women living with HIV – PRIME Study 2018

In 2016, 10,350 women living with HIV aged between 45 and 56 years attended for HIV care in the UK: a five-fold increase over ten years. This study is one of the largest to look at health and wellbeing in this group, with data on nearly 900 women aged 45-60 years.

Key points:

In addition, a survey of 88 GPs found:

Recommendations (full recommendation available in the report - link below)

  1. HIV services and GPs should be aware of potential impact of menopause on health and wellbeing of women living with HIV

  2. High quality and accessible information on menopause should be available to those attending HIV clinics

  3. Annual assessment of women’s menstrual cycle and assessment of menopause needs in women over 45 years should be included in routine clinical HIV care (BHIVA/BASHH/FSRH Guidelines forthcoming)

  4. Training needs to be provided on management of women living with HIV and menopause to develop confidence and skills in primary care.

  5. Research priorities are highlighted

  6. Commissioners need to recognise the need for care of women with HIV at time of menopause transition to ensure best outcomes.

Click here to read the full report.

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