Benefits Of Support From Local Hivaids Care Services

The HIV/AIDS care services available vary from place to place. They include HIV/AIDS care groups within the general health services, HIV/AIDS community support groups and HIV/AIDS home care schemes. TB/HIV patients may gain the following benefits from the support of local HIV/AIDS services:

access to voluntary counselling and HIV testing;

knowledge about safer sexual behaviour and use of condoms;

preventive therapy for HIV-related opportunistic infections;

(e.g. trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole,TMP-SMX);

early identification and treatment of any new infections, including sexually transmitted infections;

symptomatic treatment in end-stage disease;

emotional support;

support for the family;

possible access to ART.

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