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Author Topic: HIV prevention and support services to be reviewed  (Read 168 times)
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« Reply #15 on: 19 February 2010, 08:35:AM »

I agree, there are and should be services provided in the provinces, and not just for positive people, but for those who want or need advice about safe sex and getting tested. Herein lies a dilemma, few people in the provinces would be comfortable with discussing such issues with their GP, for fear of being unmasked. The result of this of course is that they remain untested presenting a danger to themselves and others.

For many of us who are positive and live in the provinces we understand that we need to make a trip to the big city to see the specialist, in my case I make a twice yearly visit to Auckland Hospital, I am in regular communication with the nursing team by phone and email and the pharmacy in Auckland regularly calls to check on my supply of meds. I have no problem with that and recognise that as much as one would like, it is just not cost effective or financially practicable to have to have specialists in every town, but regionally, it could be done. 

I agree with you.  My concern strays from the prevention campaigns because I believe it is an education programme, not health.  My concern is to highlight the ghetto restrictions imposed on HIV poz people and removing some of those from clinical and non clinical services.  Distance should not be a barrier to making life choice decisions about where one chooses to live and contribute to community.
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