Patient education enables people to make informed decisions related to their health behaviors. The primary objective of educating people is to improve their health through encouraging compliance with treatment regimes and promoting healthy lifestyles. The spread of HIV/AIDS in the 21st century has led to increased concentration of nurse teachers on educating people about the causes and effects of HIV/AIDS infections (Prater, 2011). The nurses have produced varieties of materials, which provide excellent starting points when educating people. Nurse teachers need to develop a proper teaching plan that consisting of learner assessment, expected outcomes, appropriate teaching strategies, and applicable theory for the teaching interventions.
Facts of the Case
Rosemary celebrated her 27th birthday on June 12, 2013. Despite having attained this age, Rosemary has never visited a Voluntary Testing, and Counselling (VCT) centre to know her HIV status. There are several centres and hospitals in her hometown that test and advice people concerning their HIV status. Rosemary’s parents and workmates have made several unsuccessful attempts to encourage her to visit one of the centres to be tested since it is necessary for her if she wants to take good care of her health. Her fiancé proposed marriage to her on condition that she accept to undergo HIV testing first. Rosemary, however, did not agree. She argued that if the fiancé does not trust her, then he can find another partner and go ahead to marriage. One of the reasons that makes Rosemary to avoid testing her HIV status is that she fears to find out that she is positive; according to her, this would accelerate her death due to increased stress. Rosemary also fears that the doctors may reveal her HIV status test results, which will traumatize her in the face of her friends and relatives. Rosemary is undoubtedly aware that she was involved in a sexual relationship with a town businessman who died of HIV/AIDS approximately three years ago.