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  • Empathise with them.
  • Provide them family and social support
  • Allow them to be a part of the family as he / she was prior to disclosure of the infection
  • Allow them to get back to their work as soon as soon as he / she is physically fit, since HIV infection doesn’t require special rest
  • Keep them engaged in some activity, as an empty mind is a devil’s workshop
  • Make efforts to reduce their stress
  • Encourage them to exercise and meditate as these help prolong the life span
  • Provide them with a high protein, high vitamin diet and clean hygienic water.
  • Convince them to stop all addictions such as tobacco cigarettes, alcohol or other psychotropic / recreational drugs
  • Register them with a health care facility like; ART Center for regular checks and follow up
  • Take immediate steps to treat even minor ailments.
  • Dispose off blood stained tampons and bandages properly.
  • Advice them to use safe sex (condoms) with their sex partner, even if partner is already HIV positive
  • Help fight the discrimination meted out to them by hospitals , doctors and employers
  • Educate family members and friends about HIV / AIDS, if they already know the HIV status of the patient.


  • Don’t accuse them for getting infected, it doesn’t help
  • Don’t try to probe into when, where the person was infected
  • Don’t make them feel guilty
  • Don’t isolate them at their home / workplace
  • Don’t separate them from spouse or children, since they are the best support for them. It is important for them to spend quality family time together
  • Don’t use gloves in feeding the infected person or to wipe off his saliva, sweat, nasal secretions and tears
  • Don’t share razors, tooth brush and other sharp objects for that matter with any body else
  • It is not necessary to wash their clothes seperately
  • Don’t disclose the HIV status of infected person to friends, employer and insurance company
  • Don’t humiliate the infected person, his / her spouse or children
  • Don’t get conned by the fake claims, false cures, witch hunters and faith healers. Wait for declaration of the noble prize for the real cure
  • Don’t spend the entire available money limit in the first bout of illness, it may be the first of such illnesses in the pipeline. Make a proper planning of your spending capability.

When dealing with a person living with HIV / AIDS (PLWHA) the bottom line is that you must treat them , the way out would like to be treated if you were infected with HIV.