AB884         HIV COUNSELLING - WHAT'S THE FUSS?

Author(s): 
Baraldi E, Selick R
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
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HIV counselling ? What's the fuss? Medical literature pertaining to HIV is replete with admonishments that HIV patients have to be adequately counselled both pre- and post testing and that counselling continues during the treatment phase of the condition. Patients on the other hand complain bitterly about not being informed by the health care system about important issues around HIV. Obviously something is wrong and our best intentions are not being actuated. What is this counselling all about? Why is it important? How is it done? What skills are required? Whose job is it anyway? Family practitioners often have the skills required but do not know how to apply them. During the course of the workshop these issues will be explored and practical skills will be transferred to enable the GP, who do not have the luxury of being able to refer, to include counselling in their approach to HIV. Areas to be covered are pre- and post test counselling, breaking bad news, life maps, re-prioritising in the context of limited life expectancy and ongoing support skills.