World AIDS Day was on Dec 1st, so we’re taking some time this week to share some great information about Age & HIV/AIDS.
What is AIDS & how do you get AIDS?
AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a disease caused by a virus called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
AIDS alters your body’s immune system, making you much more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. This susceptibility worsens as the disease progresses.
What is HIV?
“HIV” stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. To understand what that means, let’s break it down:
- H – Human – This particular virus can only infect human beings.
- I – Immunodeficiency – HIV weakens your immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. A “deficient” immune system can’t protect you.
- V – Virus – A virus can only reproduce itself by taking over a cell in the body of its host.
How is HIV transmitted?
How does HIV/AIDS impact older adults?
15% of all new AIDS cases occur in people over 50
You’re Never Too Old to Get or Have HIV/AIDS: Living with AIDS When You’re Older
Seniors, STDs & Safe Sex
80% of people 50+ are sexually active and in Adults 50+, doctors are seeing a doubling and tripling rate of STDs such as chlamydia & syphilis
Caregivers Shouldn’t Fear Working with Seniors Living With HIV/AIDS
Many healthcare providers are reluctant to work with HIV patients for fear of contracting the disease. This is largely a matter of hysteria.
According to a recent survey of medical students, 71.2% believe they place their own safety at risk by working with people with AIDS.
The risks of transmission between caregiver and patient are very low because transmission of HIV is almost entirely restricted to sexual contact, blood transfusion, and intravenous drug use. Human saliva isn’t a viable form of transmission, and neither is any other form of everyday casual contact.
Nevertheless, it’s important for caregivers who provide home care for seniors with AIDS to use protective barriers anytime they may come into contact with the bodily fluid. This protection includes gloves, masks, and protective eyewear as needed to ensure that those bodily fluids do not pose a risk to your health.
How AlwaysOn Home Care can help those with HIV/AIDS
AlwaysOn Home Care services in Peoria, Arizona can help you or your loved one living in the Phoenix metro if you or they are living with AIDS and need some extra care around the house to help.
Helpful, Certified In-Home Caregivers to Help Those Living with HIV/AIDS
AlwaysOn Healthcare’s certified caregivers are trained to work with those with HIV/AIDS. In addition to this training they are required to attend 12 hours of continued education throughout the year at AlwaysOn Healthcare’s Peoria main office to stay up to date on health issues relating to those we care for as part of AlwaysOn home care services in Phoenix – which AlwaysOn Healthcare offers valley-wide.
Two Ways a Non-Medical Home Caregiver from AlwaysOn Healthcare Can Help
Your certified non-medical home caregiver from AlwaysOn Healthcare can help remind you or someone you love to take their medications on time – as keeping up with medications is an important part of managing AIDS.
When living with AIDS, more doctor’s appointments may be necessary. Your certified non-medical home caregiver from AlwaysOn Healthcare can help you remember when doctors appointments are scheduled and even help with transportation to doctor’s appointments.