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Sexual Practices and HIV: How Can Nurses Respond?

FLIKKEMA, MARY E.; BIERMA, KATHERINE

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

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.

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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