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CZECH AIDS HELP ASSOCIATION

Impact so far

This project is unique as it involves PLHIV on both the service provider and client side. The traditional state-supported programmes in Czech Republic focus on HIV prevention and medical services and treatment. However, our new programmes go beyond treatment and provide much needed psychological support, and improve treatment literacy, which leads to better retention in care and helps our clients lead normal lives.

It is important for our community as it helps people step out of the social taboo shadow and discuss HIV openly, in a non-threatening and non-judgemental environment. Our treatment guidebook is the first of its kind for patients in the country and our peer programmes target not only PLHIV, but also their families, who often need as much support as the person diagnosed with HIV.   

Quotes:

The projects have had positive feedback from clients and below are some quotes from service users. 

After the diagnosis I was scared of what would come next. My doctor told me that I had an incurable disease and not much more. My buddy helped me a lot, explained to me what day to day living with HIV is like, answered all my questions and shared his personal experiences with me. I felt much better when I saw him as I got the information I was looking for. I felt that I was not alone with my disease

Client of Programme

The Buddy programme was set up because of the needs of people newly diagnosed with HIV. The programme is developed by people living with HIV and includes their personal experiences. Our clients have the same feelings and questions that we used to have when we were diagnosed. It is a great feeling of accomplishment when we see their fear disappear and their mood improve

Buddy programme coordinator

In Partnership with Czech Aids Help Association

Supported by Positive Action Europe

 

 

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