Home visit

February 27, 2009

Meeting a person with HIV in their own home is the simple but challenging key to Home-based HIV care.

Simple and solid – because we are in the person’s own place of residence.  We are now the guest – instead of calling the shots and telling people where to sit as happens in a hospital OPD.   As we stoop to enter the door, we are also (hopefully) stooping in our inner being and accepting hospitality. chai This is sometimes hard to do,  but so important, since it gives great dignity to our positive friends and their care-givers.

Challenging, because you never know what will happen.

When the neighbour lady stops in to see who the ‘guests’ are – then the conversation has to avoid anything to do with HIV, medications etc.

When things get out of control and an argument erupts between the spouses we are meeting.  Do we allow the talk to take its course?  We we intervene?  Do we get up and say we will come again?

Difficult when each time the same issues keep showing themselves.  Each family has its own share of miseries.  For some, it is fear and shame regarding others.  For others an inability to get work.  Still others are tired of being sick – and caring for the sick.  Others have issues of alcohol abuse – and the seedy business of working through broken relationships.

For each home visit we go with a prayer.  We listen.  We encourage.  We check on the physical well-being, the emotional situations, the relational issues, the life of the spirit.   We leave words of encouragement.   Offer advice when needed (and likely to be heeded!).  Usually share some words from God’s word – and a prayer.

Coming out of the home we never know how much good has been finally done.  But we do know that lives are being changed – as they go through the valley of having HIV.


Counselling and Testing for HIV/AIDS

February 13, 2009

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Jeevan Sahara Kendra is happy to announce that we are now able to counsel and test for HIV at the JSK centre.

Anyone who would like to be tested for HIV – or has a family member or friend they feel should be tested – is welcome to come between 9.30 AM and 5 PM from Monday to Friday and from 9.30 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays.

Our experienced counsellors will meet with and explain the HIV test and possible outcomes to those who need the test.  After getting voluntary consent, a blood sample will be taken which will be testing for HIV anti-bodies using 3 different reagents.

Though the cost of the reagents alone is over Rs. 400 we will collect a minimum fee of Rs. 10 per person.   [note: individuals who would like to contribute more are welcome to do so – this will allow us to test more people who cannot afford the costs].

The test result will be given along with post-test counselling on the next working day.  All results will be confidential.

The Jeevan Sahara Kendra will be able to help people who test positive through medical supervision and home-care, as well as being able to refer to the government health facilities.

Please call up at (022) 25899248 for further information.