How to Respond Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Patients
Kathy Michaels, a 37-year-old female, is talking with her gynecologist about concerns of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). She asks to be tested for STDs. Later, the nurse calls to discuss the results with Ms. Michaels, which indicate she is positive for HIV. Ms. Michaels states, “Oh no, I have AIDS!”
1. How should the nurse respond to Ms. Michaels’ statement?
2. Ms. Michaels seems relieved with the explanation and states “I am so glad it’s not AIDS. It’s just like an infection.” She then asks the nurse, “Can I take some antibiotics to kill the infection, then?” How should the nurse respond to Ms. Michaels’ question?
3. Again, Ms. Michaels indicates understanding of the nurse’s explanation. She then asks “Does this virus just remain the same in my body and nothing will happen, or will I be getting sick?”
How should the nurse respond to Ms. Michaels’ question?