I have worked with many AIDS patients in the past. As a registered nurse, I treated them the same way I did my other patients. I gave them VIP treatment. I was not afraid to touch them, hug them, wipe away their tears, or be a sounding board for them. If they needed me to sit by their bed and hold their hand while they cried or talked about their pending death, I willingly sat with them for a while.
One of the best things you can do for an AIDS patient besides the necessary nursing measures is to be a good listener, and don't act like they are no longer human beings in need of love, understanding, and a nurse who is willing to be a good listener when they need one.
"The most important thing in communication is to HEAR what ISN'T being said." -- PETER F. DRUCKER
"The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend" (of a nurse, if you will) "is an accessible ear." -- Maya Angelou