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An HIV/AIDS Nurse helps patients with the treatment and management of this immunodeficiency disease.
Required education
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
You’ll help patients and families handle the stigma of HIV/AIDS and address misconceptions about the disease’s contagiousness, causes, and effects.
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What you’ll do


You’ll help break down the myths surrounding the disease by advocating for your patients.


You’ll recommend support groups and other services to your patients.


You’ll teach patients and communities about how to live with and prevent the spread of the disease.


You’ll examine and monitor patients, administer medication, help manage side effects, treat secondary infections and work out treatment plans.

Where you’ll work
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Community centers
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Home care agencies
  • Hospice centers
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient care clinics
  • Patients’ homes
How to become an HIV/AIDS Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse, ideally gaining at least two years’ experience in an HIV/AIDS related field.


Pass your AIDS Certified Registered Nurse exam through the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board.


You’re ready to work as an HIV/AIDS Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a HIV/AIDS Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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J&J + Nurses: Partnering with a Purpose
For more than 25 years, Johnson & Johnson has partnered with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) to eliminate mother-to-child-transmission of HIV in India and seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
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