Is Hiv Safe Sex Practices?

3271 Words Aug 30th, 2014 14 Pages
HIV continues to be a disease that causes challenges to community health and health care providers around the world. There are more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States (US0 and approximately 50,000 individuals become infected annually (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Staff [CDC Staff], 2014). HIV infections continue to rise despite the use of highly active antiretroviral therapies (ART). This may be because of some individuals engaging in riskier sexual practices. Some claim the reason individuals engage in these risky practices is because of an increased optimism related to current HIV treatments and “prevention fatigue (Mayer et al., 2004).
It is important for health care providers to identify and overcome barriers to discussions with patients related to HIV risk behaviors. Health care providers may find the topic difficutl. Many providers may find it difficult to prioritize discussions related to safer sex practices with patients because of time constraints because routine patient care visits for people living with aides last for approximately 15 to 30 minutes (Mayer et al., 2004). Some providers may feel uncomfortable about discussing HIV risks with patients because they fear the patient may perceive them to be judgmental (Mayer et al., 2004). Other providers may have other issues related to their own sexual orientation. Both heterosexual and homosexual health care providers may feel uncomfortable discussing the topic with patients.…
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