Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) RAPID Reasoning


Practice the nurse thinking skill of clinical reasoning with this case study that captures the essence of what students must know about HIV to be well prepared for practice!



Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can be transmitted through unprotected sex, transmission of infected blood, sharing infected needles or other sharp instruments, and from a mother to her baby. More than 35 million people live with HIV worldwide. Over 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, but almost 1 in 6 don’t know it.

This Case Study Begins with the Following Scenario:

Michelle Johnson is a 36-year-old African American female with no prior medical history who presents to the emergency department complaining of extreme fatigue for the past several months and experiencing occasional night sweats. During the past week, she has developed a sore throat, dry, nonproductive cough, fever at night with increasing shortness of breath.

Concepts (in order of emphasis)

  1. Immunity
  2. Gas exchange
  3. Infection

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