n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - HIV counselling : counselling

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The HIV epidemic more than any other has brought with it the need for health care workers to have counselling skills. The life-changing nature of an HIV diagnosis requires that all persons are fully informed of the consequences of a positive result before they are tested (pretest counselling) and thereafter be told the result and given support if it is positive (post-test counselling). There are a number of other situations in the context of HIV where counselling is required, e.g. bereaved family members, loss of reproductive capability, etc. It is therefore in the best interests of the health care professional not only to know the resources to call upon for more advanced counselling support but also to develop some personal basic counselling skills.

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