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Palliative Care for People Living with HIV 

Palliative Care for People Living with HIV
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Palliative Care for People Living with HIV
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Jacquelyn Slomka

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0041
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date: 18 October 2019

This chapter discusses the palliative care needs of people living with HIV (PLWH). Now considered a chronic condition, HIV presents specific challenges both for individuals who are long-term survivors and for those adults who are recently diagnosed. The initial diagnosis of a chronic condition can be devastating for anyone, but a diagnosis of HIV may be especially stressful and challenging due to the social stigma and history associated with it. For PLWH whose condition is well-controlled, the development of comorbidities associated with disease characteristics, medication, or the aging process speaks to the need for palliative care throughout the disease trajectory. This chapter focuses on the social context impinging on those needs. It provides palliative care content that can facilitate nurses’ collaborations with patients, as well as with physicians and other healthcare team members who care for adults with HIV.

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