HIV peer counseling service in the Ida-Viru region is carried out with the support of the National Institute for Health Development
The goal of peer counseling:
Helping people living with HIV and their loved ones in resolving the problems and emotional experiences associated with HIV infection, based on the knowledge and experience of peer consultants. A peer consultant conducts counseling, both individually and in group form, in addition to case management and working with infectious diseases in the Ida-Viru region.
Counseling is aimed at people living with HIV in a crisis situation and unable to cope with psychosocial problems on their own.
A peer consultant is a person living with HIV who has reached the age of 18, has completed counseling courses totaling no less than 16 hours, and has earned a diploma confirming this.
Description of the consulting services:
All forms of peer counseling provide help based on examples from personal experience in accepting one’s diagnosis and oneself as a full-fledged person, worthy of a normal life. Many people with an HIV diagnosis experience fears of disclosure of their health status, loneliness, uselessness, as inexperience and ignorance of their illness and its treatment can lead to serious consequences, such as isolation, denial of the disease, and unwillingness to be treated. The work of a peer consultant on HIV includes both individual and group counseling, and close cooperation with workers of infectious diseases departments, such as a nurse, a social worker, a doctor, and a psychologist.
The service covers the following areas:
1. Individual peer counseling in the Ida-Viru region, for people living with HIV and their loved ones;
2. Group peer counseling in the Ida-Viru region, for people living with HIV and their loved ones;
3. Case management and cooperation with infectious diseases departments in the Ida-Viru County;
4. Phone and online counseling for people living with HIV and their loved ones.
Case management and cooperation with infectious diseases departments
The work of a peer HIV consultant includes not only proper counseling, but also work on adherence, seeking out lost clients, escorting and bringing them to treatment, delivery of ARV therapy, as well as assistance to doctors and social workers, according to the needs of each individual case. A peer consultant cooperates with the infectious diseases departments of the Ida-Viru region.