ERIC Number: EJ982620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Challenges in Meeting HIV/AIDS Counselling Needs in Nigeria
Gesinde, Abiodun M.
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, v34 n4 p297-306 Dec 2012
The HIV/AIDS pandemic is recognized globally as the greatest health challenge of the present generation. It is widely acknowledged to be the foremost killer disease in Africa. Since the first AIDS case was publicly announced in 1986, the astronomical increase in victims has been a matter of concern. The rates of HIV/AIDS infection indicate that Nigeria currently has the third largest rate of HIV/AIDS patients. The UNAIDS (2008) reported that as at 2007, the population of children and adults with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria was 2.6 million. Due to the fact that there is no cure for the virus, HIV/AIDS, counselling is an important aspect of its management. Counsellors in Nigeria have provided pre- and post-test counselling, preventive education seminars, and referrals to other health professionals. However, counsellors' efforts have only yielded limited success because of a number of major challenges. This paper examines some of the challenges involved in meeting the HIV/AIDS counselling needs of Nigerians. Specifically, it addresses challenges faced by government, potential clients, and the Counselling Association of Nigeria, as well as challenges associated with existing cultural practices (indigenous counselling practices). It concludes with specific recommendations for various stakeholders.
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Stakeholders, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Health Personnel, Foreign Countries, Patients, Counseling, Pretests Posttests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Counselors; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa