HIV and AIDS Counselling

 

The HIV and AIDS Counselling short course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the challenging field of HIV and AIDS with the aim to intervene through appropriate counselling or therapy methods and health management. 

During the course, you will gain invaluable insights to various aspects of the counselling process, including basic facts about HIV and AIDS, pre- and post-test counselling, living positively with HIV, managing HIV and AIDS in the workplace, counselling those infected and affected in the long-term, caring for the caregiver, psychosocial and ethical issues, as well as terminal care and bereavement counselling.


Learning Outcomes:

After successfully completing the course, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of

• the basic facts of HIV and AIDS (means of transmission, types of tests, CD4 count, viral load

• ART

• stages of disease

• the social, behavioural, gender and cultural drivers of the HIV pandemic

• the contents of HIV pre- and HIV post-test counselling sessions

• the goals of ART and how antiretroviral work

• the importance of antiretroviral adherence and the contents of adherence counselling

• disclosure, types of disclosure and disclosure counselling

• stigma, types of stigma and destigmatisation

• the psycho-social needs and challenges of living with a chronic disease

• managing HIV in the workplace, and

• Home-based care.

 

Course Content:

• Basic facts of HIV and AIDS

• Antiretroviral treatment (ART)

• Stages of disease

• The social, behavioural, gender and cultural drivers of the HIV pandemic

• Contents of HIV pre- and post-test counselling sessions

• ART and adherence counselling

• Disclosure counselling

• Stigma and de-stigmatisation

• Psycho-social needs and challenges of living with a chronic disease

• Managing HIV in the workplace

• Home-based care

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