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Hiv / Aids Do's and Don'ts
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When dealing with a person living with HIV / AIDS (PLWHA) the bottom line is that you must treat them , the way out would like to be treated if you were infected with HIV.

DOs:

  • Sympathise and empathise with them

  • Provide them family and social support

  • Allow them to be a part of the family as he / she was prior to disclosure of the infection

  • Allow them to get back to their work as soon as soon as he / she is physically fit, since HIV infection doesnít require special rest

  • Keep them engaged in some activity, as an empty mind is a devilís workshop

  • Make efforts to reduce their stress

  • Encourage them to exercise and meditate as these help prolong the life span

  • Provide them with a high protein, high vitamin diet and clean potable water (boiled)

  • Convince them to stop all addictions such as tobacco cigarettes, alcohol or other psychotropic / recreational drugs

  • Register them with a health care facility for regular checks and follow up

  • Take immediate steps to treat even minor ailments. However, it is not necessary to disclose their HIV status to their family physician

  • Dispose off blood stained tampons and bandages properly, either by flushing or by disinfecting them first with detergent

  • Advice them to use safe sex (condoms) with their sex partner, even if partner is already HIV positive

  • Purse them at any appropriate time, to make a will

  • Provide foster care to their children

  • Help fight the discrimination meted out to them by hospitals , doctors and employers

  • Educate family members and friends about HIV / AIDS, if they already know the HIV status of the patient.

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