Overcoming Barriers to Caring for People with HIV and AIDS

Overcoming Barriers to Caring for People with HIV and AIDS

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Overcoming Barriers to Caring for People with AIDS

Any fears, conflicts, and concerns you have about HIV and AIDS can affect the care you give your patients. To address these conflicts and concerns, look to your facility’s in-house programs. These programs are there to help learn facts and overcome fears. Community resources are also available to help you, your family, and your friends learn more about HIV and AIDS.

Remember: Knowing the facts, resolving concerns, and getting support are the best ways to overcome any barriers you have to caring for people with HIV and AIDS.

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Work Resources

  • AIDS support groups are places to share experiences and concerns. They provide opportunities for grieving and information on how to cope with the loss of patients. Discussions in these groups are strictly confidential.

  • In-service programs can provide you with updates on medical advances. Some are offered as continuing education courses. Others are sponsored by AIDS coordinators, employee assistance staffs, or counseling facilities.

  • Stress reduction workshops, while they may not focus on caring for people with HIV and AIDS, can help you cope with stress. They often teach relaxation techniques such as visualization (picturing yourself in a peaceful setting).

Resources in Your Community

  • The national STD and AIDS Hotline (800-458-5231) provides written information about AIDS. The hotline can also answer questions about counseling and has a referral network. All calls are taken anonymously.

  • Local health agencies offer information and referrals and are good resources for family and friends. Your public library, hospital library, and state department of public health are other excellent sources.

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers the most up-to-date, federally approved information about HIV and AIDS at http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/ and http://aids.gov/. 

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau promotes HIV and AIDS care and provides information for patients and clinical caregivers at http://hab.hrsa.gov/. 

  • The CDC provides information on HIV and AIDS basics, risk, testing, and more at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv.