Overview: The evolution of HIV infection into a chronic disease has implications across all clinical care settings. Every nurse should be knowledgeable about the prevention, testing, treatment, and chronicity of the disease in order to provide high-quality care to people with or at risk for HIV. It's important, therefore, to have an understanding of the changing epidemiology of the disease, the most recent testing recommendations, developments in screening technology, the implications of aging with HIV infection, and the nursing implications of the ongoing epidemic.
This article covers the prevention, testing, treatment, and chronicity of HIV infection, as well as the implications of this ongoing epidemic for nurses.
Lucy Bradley-Springer is associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Lyn Stevens is deputy director of the office of the medical director, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, Albany, and president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Akron, OH, where Adele Webb is chief executive officer.
Contact author: Adele Webb, firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors of this article have no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.