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Short Course in The Introduction Of HIV For Supporters, Lay Counsellors And Care Givers - Contact Tuition

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Introduction

Counselling people with HIV/AIDS is not only a gift, but an on-going process of learning and acquiring wisdom. A learning and wisdom which can only be acquired through helping those who have been infected with, or affected by, HIV and AIDS.

Skill in comprehensive HIV and AIDS Counselling encompasses all aspects of HIV and AIDS, from diagnosis to death, and is therefore seminal to the sound emotional, psychological and spiritual support of people with HIV.

Since the advent of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the concept of voluntary, counselling and testing (VCT) has gone far beyond the mere testing of people to determine the nature and cause of what ailed them.

To meet this, need the Foundation for Professional Development has designed a course in HIV/AIDS management for lay-counsellors. A comprehensive, easy-to-use, manual for Southern Africa has been developed by a leading expert in the field. The study guide eliminates the need for additional textbooks, thus providing an integrated course for caregivers, supporters and lay-counsellors.

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Who Should Enrol

All supporters, caregivers and lay-counsellors who need to prepare themselves for the challenges of providing support and counselling to people affected by HIV.

Course Design

Classroom tuition by subject matter experts

Course Content

The following modules will be covered:

  • Epidemiology and prevention of HIV infection.
  • Pathogenesis of HIV infection.
  • The diagnosis of HIV infection.
  • The tests used to monitor HIV disease.
  • Clinical features of HIV and AIDS.
  • Understanding opportunistic infections and their treatment.
  • Antiretroviral management of HIV infection.
  • Changing treatment.
  • Understanding VCT, pre and post-test counselling.
  • The dimensions of adherence to antiretroviral therapy (HAART).
  • The use of antiretroviral therapy to prevent HIV infection.
  • Palliative care.
  • Drug combinations.
  • Nutrition.
  • HIV in children.
  • Adherence to antiretroviral therapy.
  • Side effects.
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

Assessment

Participants are assessed through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire.

Study Material

Your study material will be handed to you on the first day of the workshop.

Certification

To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop and successfully complete the assessment process.