It is important to think about the emotional well-being of the person
HIV you care for. Because every person's emotional
needs are different, no single approach is best for everybody.
Encourage the person to become involved in
medical decisions that affect his or her care and daily schedules. Being
involved will provide a sense of control and independence.
avoid the person. Like anyone else, people with HIV feel anger, frustration,
depression, and other emotions. Realize that these reactions are not directed
at you personally but are caused by the disease.
Don't be afraid to
discuss the disease. Often people with HIV need to talk.
afraid to touch. Holding a hand, giving a hug, or giving a back rub can greatly
raise the person's spirits. But be sensitive to people who do not want
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine