Practice nurses are to get extra help dealing with patients who have sexual health issues.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that Enrique Castro-Sanchez has been appointed as its nurse adviser in sexual health and HIV.
Mr Castro-Sanchez is a specialist HIV nurse at the Mortimer Market Centre, part of Camden Primary Care NHS Trust.
He won an award last year from the Foundation of Nursing Studies for his work examining ways of modernising HIV outpatient care.
Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the RCN, said: "I am delighted to announce Enrique's appointment.
"As the number of people living with HIV increases worldwide, the RCN aims to be at the forefront in raising awareness of their needs.
"Enrique's knowledge in the area will be a great asset to the RCN, and will enable us to continue providing members with a high quality service."
Mr Castro-Sanchez said: "I am pleased to be joining the RCN in this new position. It is vital that HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care remain a priority for the British healthcare system.
"I look forward to the challenge of working for the largest nursing union in the world, and to applying my expertise of HIV/AIDS gained whilst nursing in various trusts over the past years."
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