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Sexual Practices and HIV: How Can Nurses Respond?


Journal of Christian Nursing:

“In general, nurses are not well informed about care of individuals who are homosexual or promiscuous.”

In Brief

Caring for clients who are HIV+, promiscuous or homosexual can feel awkward. But obtaining a sexual health history and offering sensitive spiritual care is crucial for these patients who often feel isolated and stigmatized.

Author Information

Mary E. Flikkema, MSN, RN, is associate professor of nursing a Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has 23 years of nursing education experience. Mary attends Grace Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.

Katherine Bierma, BSN, RN, is a graduate of the Calvin College Department of Nursing. She plans to pursue additional nursing education in the Chicago area.

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