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HIV/AIDS Nursing

Here is What You Need to Know about HIV/AIDS Nursing

HIV/AIDS nurses educate individuals on the prevention and spread of HIV and help those who are infected cope with the physical, social, emotional, and psychological aspects of their disease. HIV/AIDS nurses educate the patient and family on the effect of AIDS on the body and discuss possible treatments, while assisting the patient in maintaining as independent a lifestyle as possible.

Preparation Path

Attain a BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Work for two years as an HIV/AIDS nurse

Pass the ACRN examination

Typical Tasks

  • Connecting AIDS patients to support groups and services
  • Initiating a pain management plan or care plan for AIDS patients
  • Administering treatments and medications
  • Monitoring patients for infections or other HIV-related complications
  • Speaking with patients and their families on how to prevent the spread of AIDS

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • HIV treatment centers
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Community/public health facilities

Annual Salary Range

$39,500 – $90,000


RN, plus AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) certification if desired

Education Requirements


Prepared to get started on your goal of becoming an HIV/AIDS nurse?