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The psychosocial assistance to discordant couples with HIV/AIDS infection.


Int Conf AIDS. 1992 Jul 19-24;8(2):C377 (abstract no. PoC 4806). Unique

The HIV/AIDS infection is a social problem in Cameroon among different cases received by the counseling unit of the National Aids Control Program, those of discordant couples. An uninfected partner and an infected one- are difficult cases been that the lives of the couple is in danger. OBJECTIVES: To sensitize the uninfected partner to better care for the infected one; To help the uninfected partner to avoid the infection while caring for one's with aids. To bring the discordant couple to better care for their children. To inform discordant couple about the risk of pregnancy in the way to prevent prenatal transmission of Aids. To urge the uninfected partner from abandoning the one who is infected. METHODS: A sample of ten discordants couples was followed up by counselling unit of the National Aids Control Program. For a 12 months period the method used was the following: The education of discordant couples during counselling sessions which includes: a) home visit; b) distributions of educational materials & condoms; c) educational conversation; d) films show on living with Aids. Regular HIV antibodies test for uninfected partner within the discordant couples during this period. RESULTS: After this 12 months period: 2 uninfected partners were infected; 2 uninfected partners abandoned the infected ones; 6 remained uninfected and continue to live positively. CONCLUSION: The above result being very encouraging despite some materials and logistic difficulties encountered, we intend to extend this sort of project in our future counselling program.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/PREVENTION & CONTROL/ *PSYCHOLOGY Cameroon *Developing Countries Female Human HIV Infections/PREVENTION & CONTROL/*PSYCHOLOGY *Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Male Patient Education/*METHODS Sexual Partners/*PSYCHOLOGY ABSTRACT


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