Patient Profile: A.R. is a 26-year-old male with a history of IV drug use. He has been clean and sober for 2 years. He was diagnosed as HIV positive 9 months ago and comes to the clinic for a check-up. He states he has difficulty remembering to take his medications consistently since beginning a new job working nights. His current CD4+T cell count is 850 cells/μL. His CD4+T count at his checkup 3 months ago was 1100 cells/μL. He reports good health and denies any recent illness or infection. He reports that he recently began dating someone 1 month ago who is HIV negative.
1. Describe the different stages of HIV infection, in relation to its lab values.
2. Using the patient profile provided, develop and post an education plan for the patient based on their current health status. Include 2 short-term and 1 long-term goals for the patient and provide detailed education to the patient on how to meet these goals and maintain optimum health. Include information on follow-up care as well.