Home > Medical > HIV/Aids > Counselling Counselling All sections in HIV/Aids » About HIV/Aids » Basic Information » Counselling » Political Stances » Disease Prevention » HIV and ... » HIV in the Body » HIV+. what now? » Legal Issues » Management of HIV/Aids » Multimedia » HIV/Aids News » Nutrition and Aids » Real-life Story » Symptoms & Diseases » Testing » The Caregiver » The SA culture » Transmission of HIV » When Aids sets in » Women and HIV Basic counselling principles The advent of HIV/Aids in the world has forced all of us to accept a paradigm shift from curing towards caring. Because we have no cure for HIV/Aids, we have to focus our interventions on caring for the physical as well as the psychological welfare of the HIVpositive individual and his or her significant others. Qualities of an effective counsellor To be an effective HIV/Aids counsellor, you need the following qualities or values: Basic communication skills Since counselling is a conversation or dialogue between the counsellor and client, the counsellor needs certain communication skills in order to facilitate change. Assess Your HIV risk » Test Your HIV/Aids knowledge » Talk HIV Talk forum » Follow Health24 on Twitter » Finding the cure for Aids HIV/Aids Timeline The eight commandments of emotional support Pierre Brouard's eight commandments of emotional support can be applied by HIV/Aids counsellors. Pre-HIV test counselling The purpose of pre-test counselling is to provide you with information on the technical aspects of testing and the possible personal, medical, social, psychological, legal and ethical implications of being diagnosed as either HIV positive or HIV negative. Impact of HIV infection on affected significant others The significant others in an HIV positive person's life often need help themselves to come to terms with (1) their own fears and prejudices and (2) the implications and consequences of their loved one's sickness and ultimate death. Bereavement counselling The bereavement experienced by a person who has lost a loved one and the bereavement experienced by a terminally ill or dying person are very similar. Pre- and post- HIV test counselling The HIV test is different from all other tests. It has phenomenal emotional, psychological, practical and social implications for the client. Post-HIV test counselling Not many things in life could be as stressful as going back for HIV test results. For many clients it feels as if the counsellor holds the key to the future in his or her hands. Helping the infected person and affected significant others The main function of the HIV/Aids counsellor is to be supportive of his of her infected and affected clients, to listen to their problems and to empower them to solve their problems and better their lives. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.