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HIV Home Care - Topic Overview

If a person's HIV infection progresses, you may be called on to provide home care for that person. A home care course may give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide the care needed. Contact your local Red Cross chapter, Visiting Nurse Association, or AIDS service agency to find out about home care training offered in your area.

When possible, get to know the person's doctor, nurses, social worker, and other care providers so you can:

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  • Work with them to create a plan for home care.
  • Ask for clear written instructions regarding medicines and procedures.
  • Make sure you know about reactions to medicines.
  • Discuss how to notify a doctor if changes in the person's health or behavior develop. For example, a cough, fever, diarrhea, or confusion may mean an infection or complication that requires other treatment or hospitalization.
  • Learn who to call or what to do in case of an emergency.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: April 05, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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