Perception of Healthcare Providers on HIV/AIDS in Older Adults
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This research looked at knowledge of health care providers on HIV/AIDS specific to older adults and their views on their roles in preventing or dealing with HIV/AIDS in older adults. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews of nine healthcare providers, two registered nurse (RNs), four licensed practical nurse (LPNs), and three certified nursing assistants (CNAs), working at a long-term care facility. Qualitative analysis indicated that the knowledge of HIV/AIDS specific to older adults in health care providers working in a long-term care (LTC) facility was low. According to interviewees educating and creating a safe environment are some of their roles in preventing HIV/AIDS in older adults. However, they do not perform these roles on regular basis; possibly due to the nature of the institute, its residents, and their job responsibility.