Thank you everyone! This feedback helps, and I will look at the links provided...thank you much for those.
Pueppi, I did not even know there was a private section! How do I get there?
Thank you movetoheal, for responding again!
I realize it takes transmission of body fluids, but if there's an opening on either one of us, it's not something I just want to assume will be fine and take a risk with it, if it might not be, considering the implications if I'm wrong. It helps to hear what you've shared. I've read about KS, but until I read this I didn't know they could be flat really. I think I've probably just seen the exaggerated/obvious photos of KS that are usually provided with medical descriptions. It's just helpful to know what to be aware of and look for. I really appreciate you sharing that.
I know the volunteer coordinator didn't tell me to wear gloves due to my concerns because she told me to wear gloves before I ever mentioned any concerns at all, and right after we had met with the patient (in the parking lot.) This is her first case of working with a patient with AIDS as well, within her role with hospice, and she's been there a year.
However, she spoke with one licensed massage therapist who told her that massage would likely make his abdominal pain worse, as that is what he was experiencing intensely last week (and may be still, I will know when I go to visit this week if anything has changed.) So this is all a learning process for us. She spoke with her head supervisor with her own questions and her supervisor said it would be ok as long as we took the Universal Precautions. That still didn't really help me very much in determining gloves/no gloves. So maybe it's just a personal decision?
I would really like to be able to have a conversation with a dr. or nurse at the facility, but they are not readily available to meet or speak with.
EgoMagickian, thank you too for the links!
I really do appreciate everyone's feedback and viewpoints and info. I hope after I walk through this very new to me process of working with hospice, and also handling the disease process of AIDS, I will be able to help someone else who might be new to it all with questions...So thank you very much for being here and not hating me for this!!!