Do you experience one or more of the following?
- Worried about getting infected with HIV or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
- Trying to come to terms with what it means to be HIV+
- Unsure about whether or not to take HIV medication
- Concerned about your health
- Who to disclose your HIV status to
- Taking sexual risks
How counselling can help
Whilst the effective treatment for HIV has progressed enormously over the years since the first cases were reported in the 80s, there is still considerable misunderstanding, ignorance and stigma attached to the risk of contracting HIV and what is to live with HIV.
Counselling can help educate individuals as to the nature of HIV and other STIs. For those that are not infected, it can help individuals better understand their sexual behaviour and the risks they may be taking. For those that have received a diagnosis, counselling can help individuals come to terms with being HIV+ by exploring how they view themselves, how they view HIV, and how they think others view them.
Counselling can deal with the anger, guilt and shame that can often accompany a diagnosis, and help individuals make choices when it comes to disclosure, lifestyle, and the use of prescribed medication.