Although it can be challenging, HIV risk counseling is an important component of substance use disorder care. As addiction care providers are considering barriers to these discussions, we need to ask ourselves, if not now, when? Here’s my take on addressing this critical issue.
In parallel with the opioid epidemic, HCV and HIV outbreaks have ravaged through communities with high rates of opioid overdose, placing HCV and HIV clinicians on the frontlines of these colliding epidemics. So, how do we begin to integrate life-saving treatment for OUD into our practices?