Summary & References (GA)

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The information provided through this course gives every physical therapist a better understanding of how to more effectively work with HIV/AIDS patients even though they are not considered a primary caregiver.  The quality of life of those living with HIV and AIDS can be greatly enhance by the work that physical therapists provide daily to thousands of individuals.  Of course, it is important to be aware of and to practice all methods to prevent accidental infection with every patient, since many people do not know that they may be infected with any of a number of infectious conditions.

The physical therapist can provide a wonderful service to those living with HIV and due to the Affordable Care Act, PTs have the potential to help even more by giving additional education for areas of assistance.


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