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HIV Counseling and Testing Services

Counseling in HIV and AIDS has become a core element in a holistic model of health care, in which psychological issues are recognized as integral to patient management. HIV and AIDS counseling has two general aims: (1) the prevention of HIV transmission and (2) the support of those affected directly and indirectly by HIV. It is vital that HIV counseling should have these dual aims because the spread of HIV can be prevented by changes in behaviour. One to one prevention counseling has a particular contribution in that it enables frank discussion of sensitive aspects of a patient's life—such discussion may be hampered in other settings by the patient's concern for confidentiality or anxiety about a judgmental response. Also, when patients know that they have HIV infection or disease, they may suffer great psychosocial and psychological stresses through a fear of rejection, social stigma, disease progression, and the uncertainties associated with future management of HIV. Good clinical management requires that such issues be managed with consistency and professionalism, and counseling can both minimize morbidity and reduce its occurrence.
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HIV Counseling and Testing

HIV Counseling and Testing is the service rendered to an individual in order for him/her to know his HIV status, which could be either positive or negative and is usually confidential.  HCT is done in three distinct components, pre- test counseling before the blood is taken and this is meant to prepare the individual for the test and assess the risk level to HIV the person possessed. Also, it helps one to anticipate the result, whether it turns out HIV positive or negative.  The second component is the taking of blood sample and test by using rapid test kits and lastly is disclosure of result, counseling and referrals, depending on the outcome of the result.

Provider Initiative HCT strategy is being introduced to most government funded hospitals to ensure that all patients that come in to health facility have access to HCT services at no cost.

The importance Of HIV Counseling and Testing includes:

  • HCT helped millions of people to know their HIV status either they are positive or negative.

  • HCT helps in preventing the spread of HIV.HCT allows the public to have access to medical care when tested positive

  • .HCT educates people who tested negative on the ways to stay negative and for a positive test result, how to live positively without infecting others.

  • HCT provides critical information about HIV and the testing process.

  • HCT gives information about how HIV is transmitted and how the public can protect themselves from infection.

  • It also educates the public to know that HIV testing should be done regularly.

HIV positive and needing some help, please call Unique Aid Foundation on 08035906761, 08069800000 or email uniqueaids2002@yahoo.com

HCT is an integral part of HIV/AIDS. Without HCT, diagnosing HIV may not be possible except when an individual comes down seriously with some of the known symptoms of the disease. The National Agency for the Control of AIDS is using all strategy available to increase HCT uptake in the country.

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