Treatment Literacy/Information needs/vct
|HIV Treatment Literacy|
|Learn the science of HIV and the various treatment options|
|Introduction||What is treatment literacy? | Effects of lack of treatment literacy | Community Empowerment|
|Information needs||Counseling, testing & treatment awareness | Prevention & Treatment | Anti-retroviral drugs | Adherence | HIV Nutrition & Health | Stigma, discrimination & human rights|
|Resources||Conferences | Teaching materials | Relevant Websites|
ART awareness reinforces the willingness to be tested
HIV counseling and testing is particularly important as a starting point for access to other HIV/AIDS-related services. If people do not know they are infected, they cannot get any treatment or care. In too many cases people are diagnosed HIV positive when they are already seriously ill.
Raising awareness of the benefits of treatment provides people with an incentive to learn their HIV status, and so should help to increase demand.
In many societies fear of stigma and discrimination remains a barrier to testing. To overcome this problem, many countries offer every patient an HIV test as a routine part of health care, regardless of symptoms.
Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) includes specialized counseling on the following issues:
- HIV and AIDS information
- Pre-test or decision counseling
- Post-test counseling
- Plans for reducing risk behaviour.