AIDS – Busting Myths And How Caregivers Can Help

Publisher: Net Of Care

Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) occurs when the body’s natural protection from illness is destroyed due to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The immune system weakens drastically and these patients become more prone to certain cancers and other illnesses. For people with AIDS, regular infections can lead to life-threatening situations.

Caring for a loved one with AIDS is complicated not only because of providing day-to-day care but also fear of one’s own health. Also, the stigma attached to the disease, makes it hard to get the support and information when you need it the most.

Through this article, Caregivers can educate themselves and others on the risk-factors, signs, symptoms, treatments and differentiate between fact and myth.

Learning more about AIDS is an essential first step for caregivers because of widespread myths and fears about the disease. People are afraid of “catching” AIDS and, even today, a diagnosis of AIDS can feel like a death sentence.

As a caregiver to an AIDS patient, some areas of help include:

  • Pain management
  • Asking for medication to help with nausea and vomiting.
  • Learning about food/diet restrictions
  • Encouraging relaxation techniques
  • Helping the patient maintain proper hygiene etc.

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