Millions of people are as of now HIV positive and a large portion of them have full-blown AIDS. In this guide, we take a look at support, treatment and care for people who are HIV positive and for their families
People with HIV and AIDS can live healthy lives or more if good care and support is given. Your immune system can be fortified by medical treatment, food, rest and exercise. You can cope much better if you are happy and feel productive. Emotional support and a positive attitude will help you to avoid depression.
Right now families and in some cases just people, cope with HIV and AIDS without much group support. As a rule, not very many people realize that somebody is HIV positive and when they turn out to be ill, their families and children bear the burden alone
In South Africa almost half of all families live in poverty. Illness and death of a breadwinner as a rule increases poverty. Numerous nations in Africa and South America have created group based programs to deliver better care and support for people with HIV and AIDS.
There are various key things that should be possible:
- Organize counselling and emotional support for people with HIV and AIDS and their families.
- Set up associations that unite people living with HIV and AIDS to fight for change.
- Set up wellness programs and medical treatment to enable people to keep their immune systems solid and fight infections.
It is critical to manage every one of the things mentioned above. Counselling without treatment and nutrition will not keep somebody alive. Clinic treatment without home-based care will not accommodate people once they are stuck in bed
The shame surrounding HIV and AIDS makes life more difficult for people living with HIV and AIDS and their families. Different people and different organizations can give some support, but it is vital for people living with HIV and AIDS to meet up and support each other.
Some of the regular needs of people living with HIV and AIDS are:
- Health and medical supplies and skilled medical workers.
- Counselling to reduce loneliness and promote acceptance.
- Community support groups to give a safe place where feelings and advice can be shared.
- Spiritual support, for example, prayer groups and home visits by religious pioneers.
- Nutritional help with the goal that families enhance their diets utilizing cheap and accessible foods.
- Accurate information about HIV and AIDS.
Objectives of support groups
Support groups can be set up for a wide range of reasons. Here are a couple:
- To give emotional support and methods for dealing with stress to those people who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives, and are willing to be a part of a support group.
- To give information to its members so they can comprehend the illness and have the capacity to teach their family members, companions, associates, neighbors about the sickness.
- To draw strength from different members experience.
- To share information around treatment, care and healing.
- To instruct people about antiretroviral medication and to urge people to continue taking their drug.
- To create an interpersonal organization of people with similar issues.
Different types of support groups
There are many types of support groups, some are public and others are secret. It is imperative for members to choose at the right time if the support group will be public or secret. Many people might be keeping their status secret and might not have any desire to be related with an HIV and AIDS support group
Discovering Group Members
Some support groups work in a clinic and referrals come through clinic staff. For this situation you may have a prepared source of potential members. In different cases you may need to do some work to discover group members. Here are a few guidelines to consider:
- Talk to specialists, nursing sisters, social workers and other staff members in clinics and hospitals. Give them your contact address to pass on to people they think could profit by the group.
- Prepare leaflets or publications publicizing the group. If the group is secretive ONLY include contact information. Distribute these to hospital and clinic waiting rooms and different zones you believe are suitable.
- Contact any AIDS benefit organization or NGOs concerned with your health in the area.
- Speak to potential members one-on-one. If possible, visit them in their homes.
Be that as it may when you publicize the group ensure the following information is clear:
- Who the meeting is for (e.g. just HIV-positive people? Their partners? Care providers?).
- Contact info of interest including name and telephone number.
- Whether the group is open or secretive.
Members ought to be urged to do a considerable measure of working out. They don’t need to have a place with any rec center, but they can exercise at home as people or begin their own particular club at their own particular time. Time can be put aside on some days for practicing during support group days, an hour will be sufficient.
When you exercise you additionally create more blood cells, which implies a superior immune system. Swimming is great exercise and members can go swimming together or can go as individual.
Dancing is a great approach to get exercise without feeling it. Put on the radio or play a CD that the group members like. When you dance you will likewise feel “happy” and your body will profit by the additional oxygen it will get. Oxygen also kills infections.
Exercise is also a decent approach to help reduce mental stress and anxiety. An excess of stress and anxiety can cause a breakdown of the immune system. Yoga and other stretch exercises are excellent strategies to de-stress the mind and fortify the body.
A man living with HIV and AIDS ought to eat nutritious food daily. It is difficult now and again for unemployed members to take after the right diet. There are different ways and means that a support group can investigate to guarantee that members get a nutritious diet.
There are also some few foods that people with HIV and AIDS ought to eat to fortify their immune systems and avoid getting infections. Here are a few tips:
Eat something yellow (like pumpkin or carrot), something red (like beetroot or tomatoes) and something green (like spinach) consistently.
Eat soya or eggs rather than meat. If you do eat meat, cook it well. Avoid pork
Drink no less than eight glasses of water everyday
The following ought to be taken daily:
- 1 Glass of lemon juice
- 1Tablespoon of fresh garlic
- 1 Teaspoon of ginger (not raw)
- 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
- 5 Tablespoons of ProNutro
- 6 Tablespoons of sour milk or yogurt
If you get a cold, increase the amount of garlic to no less than 5 tablespoons every day. Remember you can likewise steam with garlic for sinuses or gargle with if you have a sore throat.
Avoid sugar and cool beverages with sugar. Drink unsweetened natural fruit juices. Avoid peanuts and peanut butter.
Multi-vitamin supplements are useful for people with HIV and AIDS. Only one multi= vitamin pill a day can help build the immune system. Regrettably, vitamins are very costly to purchase. They might be cheaper in mass and the group members should seriously consider contributing some cash for this.
You could see whether any clinics or NGOs working in your area have access to free or cheap vitamins which the members could get to. A few organizations may offer vitamins as a part of a food parcel program.