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Oct 29, 2017

Back to Life: How Psychosocial Support Can Facilitate HIV-Therapy

Ruedi Lüthy Foundation - With an infection rate of around 15 percent among 15-to-49-year-olds, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe is far from over. Though a growing number of affected individuals now have access to drug therapy, this is not enough in itself to end the epidemic. People with HIV/AIDS also need to receive parallel psychosocial support. The around 6,000 patients at Prof. Ruedi Lüthy’s Newlands Clinic in the capital city of Harare, who come from very poor circumstances, are being supported with group therapies, home visits and peer counselling. The concept is meeting with success and leading to a marked decrease in incidences of treatments being abandoned and the consequent build-up of resistance to HIV drugs.

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