HIV Counselling is an important part of the range of prevention and treatment services for HIV. Counselling in HIV has become a core element in the holistic model of the health care, in which psychological issues are considered as an integral part for the patient management. A HIV or AIDS counsellor has two major objectives:
- Prevention of this particular kind of deficiency syndrome.
- Get support from all those affected directly or indirectly by HIV.
Always remember that it is important to take counselling with these two aims because they can help in preventing the spread of HIV by bringing changes in behaviour.
One to one discussion with the counsellor can make you aware about the sensitive aspects of a patientís life. Such discussions may be hampered in other settings as they might harm the confidentiality of a patient or anxiety about a judgmental response. Also, a HIV patient may be dealing with psychological or psychosocial stress because of the fear of rejection, social stigma, disease progression and uncertainties associated with the management of HIV in future.
Currently, no official rules or regulations stipulate for the level of training a counsellor dealing with HIV virus should be given. However, it is recommended to check whether your therapist has experience in this area or not. Good clinical management requires that these issues should be dealt with professionalism or consistency. By taking counselling you are reducing both the morbidity and the chances of its occurrence. Dr.Yuvraj Monga Arora and Dr.Jyoti Arora Monga provide excellent advice on the subject and can be reached out at Mongaís Health World.