AIDS And The Nurse
AIDS and The Nurse
AIDS is not about culture, gender, or sexual preference. It is about a disease of gigantic proportions involving all of humanity and represents a worldwide health issue. Society must educate people, especially teens and young adults, that there is no cure for AIDS. Awareness, prevention, and precaution, are the only tools against this disease. Ignorance must be eliminated in order for a cure and proper care to evolve. AIDS and the HIV virus pose special challenges for nurses.
Casual, everyday contact with an AIDS infected person does not expose anyone to AIDS, but for nurses the challenges are many. Accidental injuries from needles and other sharp-instruments contaminated with the virus, unprotected exposure to human blood, and certain body fluids pose the risk of AIDS transmission on the job. AIDS requires a level of training for nurses that are
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