A nursing faculty member with a background in health informatics created an online toolkit that helps providers and patients better understand HIV risk and better communicate with each other about the virus and available treatment.
Jay Knight, assistant professor of nursing, is a member of the Grand Rapids LGBTQ+ Health Care Consortium. Knight said consortium board members have long recognized the stigma surrounding HIV care and wanted to create one toolkit that would benefit providers and community members. The toolkit is housed on the consortium's website .
"We wanted to break down the barriers to getting PrEP ," Knight said, referring to the FDA-approved drug used to prevent HIV if taken before exposure. "There is so much stigma around sexual health, HIV and injection drug use. Some of that stigma comes from how questions from providers are phrased."