Hospital Counselling: Structure and Training
The counselling of those with AIDS and AIDS-related problems is important for several reasons. First, AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease and someone infected with HTLV-III can pass it on to others. By informing and helping patients the risk of spread to others can be reduced. Second, there is evidence that the acquisition of intercurrent sexually transmitted diseases may provoke AIDS in those who are infected with the virus. If patients can be helped to make appropriate changes in life-style, they can sharply reduce their risk of intercurrent sexually transmitted diseases. Finally, AIDS causes considerable distress to patients and their families. Even those who are asymptomatic sero-positives often experience a high degree of psychological and social disturbance. Informed counselling can help to reduce the disturbance which patients experience and thus can relieve suffering, which is one of the major aims of all health care provision.
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