More than its 300 participants (between the face-to-face and the webinar modality) in the gathering "Update on HIV: screening, prevention and treatment tools", showed the great interest that this subject has aroused after the modification of the law 1662/2000 on medical devices, by which the self-diagnosis tests for HIV detection can be sold in pharmacies without medical prescription.
This session, organized by the College of Pharmacists of Barcelona on February 12, was in charge of Dr. Pep Coll, doctor of the HIV Unit of the University Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol (Badalona) and researcher of the Institute of AIDS Research IrsiCaixa and Dr. Carmina Fumaz, clinical psychologist and researcher at the Fight AIDS Foundation, as well as a professor at the URV, the UAB and the UOC.
The talk answered questions such as what to do in front of a positive result or what is the window period and in which cases it is necessary to take it into account. Likewise, the importance of testing he rest of STIs in people who have developed some risk behavior was also stressed.
Interviewing the speakers
After the session, the blog of the College of Pharmacists was able to interview Dr. Coll and Dr. Fumaz. Both shared their points of view on issues such as the impact of not doing STI tests in case of risky behavior, the arrival of the self-diagnosis test to pharmacies, the importance of pharmaceutical counseling or the differences between self-test and the face to face test offered in pharmacies, among other topics.
Dr. Pep Coll: “Everything that facilitates the diagnosis of HIV is welcome”
Dra. Carmina R. Fumaz: “Pharmacy has a fundamental role”