Nursing and HIV/AIDS
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The paper explains that HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was; with aggressive drug cocktails, AIDS patients now live for years with the HIV virus. The paper discusses however, how the combination of drugs also tend to have a negative impact on the quality of life for these patients. Therefore, emphasis is placed on the quality of nursing care provided to these patients and how this remains an integral component of patients' treatment for ensuring that they have a decent quality of life. The paper then discusses how nursing organizations need to be educated as to the populations that they are treating and must develop best practices for treating these HIV/AIDS patients.
From the Paper:"There was a time not too long ago when being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS was virtually a death sentence. At the time, there were no effective treatments available, which made access to quality nursing care paramount to helping anybody with AIDS. Nursing care was the only thing that was available to AIDS patients to comfort them as they slowly died of the disease. In the last twenty years, however, AIDS has continued to spread throughout the general population, affecting people from all walks of life. During that time, pharmaceutical companies have developed drug treatments that go a long way toward improving the life expectancy and quality of life with people living with AIDS. However, there continues to be no cure for the disease."
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