Learning that a loved one has HIV/AIDS can be very scary. After the initial shock and support to the patient, you may begin to wonder if your life can ever be the same. Living with someone that has HIV/AIDS can be very close to normal. There are just a few things you need to remember.
Get the right information
There is a lot of information out there. Many online sites tell you many different things as to how you get the AIDS virus. You need to have a few stable resources that you relay on. Remember you must inform yourself and your loved one needs to know also. AIDS can be transferred through blood, and sexual intercourse. Many common things happen in everyday that you do not have to worry about. Making sure that you are informed correctly will help your household run just as smoothly.
Respect personal property
Common everyday activities to not put you at risk for get the HIV/AIDS virus. However, there are a few special considerations if you live with someone that has the condition. The most common rule is to respect personal property. Do not share razors or toothbrushes. These can contain fresh blood. Hairbrushes and toilet seats are not something you have to worry about on a daily basis unless there is a sign of concern. If you house already had a personal property rule this will not change anything else.
Keep gloves in easy reach
Because you do not want to care for an open wound without gloves on, make sure they are in easy reach. This can be done by keeping a box in each room just as you would keep tissue. If your loved one needs medical attention (a simple band -aid) then you can quickly place the gloves on your hand and it will not seem as though you are making a big deal out of the blood. In fact, it would be good practice for anyone in the house to do that same no matter who they are helping. This is a great way not to isolate the one with HIV/AIDS.
If anyone in the house has HIV/AIDS it is very important for everyone to take special care of their personal hygiene. Patients with HIV/AIDS that look unclean tend to give out the outer assumption that they are sick, and can easily infected others. The other members of the household can get the HIV/AIDS patient from getting sick by taking care of their own personal hygiene needs. There is no reason why you cannot share the same bathroom.
Everyone needs to follow medications
When living with a person that is suffering from HIV/AIDS it is very important to follow all medications as directed, and keep all doctors appointments. HIV/AIDS comprises a person’s immune system. Because of this, any other family member needs to make sure they take their medication when they are ill. Helping the loved one with stay healthy is very important.
Living with someone that has HIV/AIDS can be done. You must not be afraid if your own health because you share a household. You life can be very close to normal. By practicing some of these safety tips, you and your family may enjoy many more days in the future.