What is the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care?

Founded in 1987, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) has become the pre-eminent leading nursing organization responding to HIV/AIDS.  With a highly regarded peer-reviewed journal, 46+ local Chapters, and an Annual Conference featuring national and international speakers and educational and scientific sessions on the latest developments in HIV nursing, ANAC is meeting the needs of nurses in HIV/AIDS care, research, prevention, and policy.

To read more about ANAC's important history, click here.

Who is ANAC?

ANAC is comprised of a dedicated group of nurses, healthcare professionals and others who are committed to HIV/AIDS nursing. ANAC has members around the world. While most of ANAC's members are nurses, many other people who care about HIV nursing are also members. These affiliate members are social workers, pharmacists, physician assistants, lawyers, doctors and any variety of people who simply care about the nurses who treat people with HIV and/or AIDS. On the following pages, you can meet ANAC's Board of Directors, familiarize yourself with ANAC's committee chairs and editors, find an ANAC chapter near you or learn what goes on at the National Office.  Click here to see the most current ANAC Membership demographics.

Who is an HIV/AIDS Nurse?

HIV/AIDS arrived at the American door in the early 1980’s. Today there are over 900,000 persons in the US living with HIV/AIDS, and over 40 million persons with HIV/AIDS living on the planet. It is a world wide epidemic.

HIV/AIDS affects persons of all faiths and walks of life. Heterosexuals and homosexuals have the disease. Persons of color, teenagers and elders have the disease. People of high and low economic status have the disease. HIV/AIDS is found in the urban, suburban and rural communities of our country.

Then and now, nurses have been in the forefront of the care for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Nurses can be found in every community in the United States. And since we can find HIV/AIDS where ever we look, we need to find HIV/AIDS nurses where ever we look. All nurses need to think of themselves as HIV nurses.

Who is the HIV nurse? She/he is the person caring for clients in the clinic, community, hospital, prison, and mental health setting. Children, teenagers, young and old adults are her/his client. They may be single, married, divorced, or living with their significant other, with or without children – these are the persons nurses will see in their work environment, these are the person’s with HIV/AIDS

The clinical HIV nurse works with her/his clients, helping them to learn about the disease. The HIV nurse teaches the client to know the signs and symptoms of opportunistic infections, to be aware of lifestyle choices that affect disease progression, to learn about nutritional support for maintaining health, and to understand the pharmacological treatments prescribed when that time comes.

By JOINING ANAC, you can connect with a network of professional nurses on the front lines of HIV work. Membership in ANAC keeps you up to date with the latest developments in the field through automatic subscription to the Journal of ANAC, opportunities to attend ANAC’s annual conference, and CEUs offered at the ANAC website.

Interested in Certification as an HIV/AIDS nurse? You can become an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) and/or and Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (AACRN).

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