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Home > Arhiva > 2017 > Numar: 2 > Role of Social Workers in Communicating a Positive HIV Test Result and in HIV Pre- and Post-test Counselling

 Role of Social Workers in Communicating a Positive HIV Test Result and in HIV Pre- and Post-test Counselling

  • Gabriela Povian (West University of Timişoara, School of Psychology and Sociology, 4 Vasile Pârvan Blvd., 300223 Timişoara, E-mail:
  • Patricia Luciana Runcan (The West University of Timişoara, Bv. V. Parvan 4, Timisoara 300223, Timis, Romania, Phone: 0256592265, E-mail: )

Besides facilitating the development of inter-personal relationships, counselling also supports self-awareness, identification and optimum development of inner and outer resources in counselees. Pre- and post-HIV testing counselling is necessary and important as psychosocial intervention in HIV-testees because they need support to clarify their situation and make beneficial decisions for the future. A counselling process aims at preparing people to be HIV tested by explaining the procedure and by preparing for the result, a result that might influence their lives and lead to behavioural ad emotional responses such as nervousness, restlessness, fear, despair, anxiety, etc. or, on the contrary, serenity. The way in which a positive HIV test is communicated influences greatly the testee who will have to make up with the new status of seropositive person. The goal of this research was to describe and understand the role of the social worker in communicating a positive HIV test result to HIV tested people..

Keywords: Counselling, HIV test, communication, positive HIV test result