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Year : 1993  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Counselling services for HIV : need of the hour.

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R D Bansal

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HIV infection and AIDS have only begun to hit India. While prevention is paramount in the fight against HIV infection, counseling services must also be made available to individuals who are already infected with HIV. Counseling affords direct interpersonal contact and the opportunity to pose questions of health personnel. This process helps infected and/or sick individuals to better absorb information and cope with all the aspects of HIV infection. Data suggest that STD infection rates have declined in some African countries where counseling programs have been put into place. Given these merits of counseling, the government of India should develop and implement appropriate policy guidelines, while providing the necessary facilities and manpower to meet patient needs.

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