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AIDS Update

We believe that we have the most up-to-date information possible for nurses and other health care workers on the topic of AIDS and the HIV virus. Of course, information is being compiled every day due to the extensive research being done with this disease. It is therefore our task to update this workbook as often as possible in order to keep you informed.

Keep in mind that statistics change on a daily basis. Also remember that the terminology describing the disease will be changing almost daily. Even different parts of the country will have different ways of referring to the disease and to the persons with the disease. In this course, we will present to you the latest thinking in regards to the cause and treatment of AIDS (thought to be caused by the HIV virus). The one good thing that is now happening, is that the international AIDS community is starting to agree on some common terminology when referring to the disease. These agreements will help nurses and lay people to understand what the doctors are talking about when they refer to the disease. We will inform you of these common terms.

The disease of AIDS is still spreading virtually unchecked throughout our population in this country. Education has helped to slow the progression of the disease but it is still affecting thousands of people every day. Nurses are in a unique position to educate the public. You as a health care professional, have the unique responsibility to change attitudes of people toward the disease.

There are still too many people who believe that they cannot catch the disease because "only homosexuals get AIDS." Even today, with all the educational programs available, there are many who still believe that only homosexuals and drug abusers can get AIDS.

The first step to educating the public is to educate yourself. This course will give you the facts to be able to educate the public about this disease. You can tell people that anyone can get this disease. You can tell people that persons infected with HIV cannot spread the disease by touching you. The only way to spread the HIV virus is with blood-to-blood contact (blood to blood contact, and contact with bodily fluids that contain blood such as semen, vaginal secretions, etc.). Part of this course will also address the concerns of health care workers in clinical practice. "Universal Precautions" is the answer to protecting yourself. However, many nurses today still feel that they must take "extra" precautions if they have an HIV infected patient. This author has personally spoken to many nurses who say "that patient has HIV so be extra careful." There is no such thing as "extra careful." You must be careful with all patients and use Universal Precautions for every patient. Once these attitudes begin to change, the disease will then be able to be brought under control. Nurses have the opportunity to change attitudes of the public; that any person is at risk for HIV; and persons infected with HIV cannot infect you just by casual contact. However, the nurse must be the first to recognize these facts and then teach others the truth about the disease.

15.00 Contact Hours ; Price: US$ 59.00

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