Psychosocial Support & Psychotherapeutic Interventions
According to the statute of the HCDCP the Office “supports, plans and carries out actions aimed at offering psychosocial support to hiv+ people, solution to social problems, information and interventions in order to sensitise public opinion and application of policies. The Office also co-ordinates the co-operation of the HCDCP with NGOs that act against AIDS”.
Counseling and psychological support to individuals with hiv/aids
Domestic problems caused by seropositivity (such as conflicts between sexual partner, expulsion from the family)
Support of hiv+ children and their families (such as support of the parents caring a hiv+ child, normalization of the relationship between hiv+ and hiv- siblings)
Support during the announcement of the hiv status to the partner or family
Empowerment of hiv+ persons to reschedule their life, to comply with the treatment etc
Support to partners, families of hiv+ persons to face the new condition of seropositivity
Information concerning social issues and social benefits such as
Health care booklet
Insurance and access to antiretroviral treatment and support the people during the procedure
In 2007 the Office coordinated a work group that aimed to investigate the status of the uninsured hiv+ persons. In 2009 it planned and realized a training in order to train and sensitize health workers about insurance issues and access to treatment. During 2011 the office handled 65 cases of uninsured hiv+ persons and each one of them demanded individually examination and collaboration with a variety of services, such as hospitals, social services, ministries etc
The Office provides financial support to hiv + people with serious financial problems, covering for rent, medical needs and examinations, bills for electricity or water, hotel expenses, payment for lawyer or nurses
Also, it covers basic needs of hiv+ people with financial problems by providing clothes or super- market cheques.
(Every year the amount of 20.000€ is given to hiv+ people, after examining each case individually)
Interventions concerning legal issues and human rights in collaboration with the legal advisor of HCDCP
Residence permits for hiv+ migrants,
Human rights violations (and discrimination in work and services access ,
Allegations from hiv+ persons about exclusion from work or medical services
Interventions at community level dealing with crisis, discrimination, stigma and phobia. Cases such as:
Intervention in community level concerning several cases of homeless hiv+ persons, aiming their social integration
Intervention in the school community concerning the integration of several cases of hiv+ children in Athens and in the province of Greece. The office organized training seminars in order to inform and sensitize teachers about hiv transmission and prevention, and the psycho- social management of hiv at the school environment
Intervention at a hospital regarding the integration of an hiv+ health worker in the working environment
Intervention in community level concerning a ten- year old, hiv+ child in the province of Greece, dealing with the social consequences because of the reveal of his hiv status
Policy interventions and proposals, such as:
Inclusion of hiv+ persons in the target group of European programs against the exclusion of the labor market
(Compliance with the confidentiality to the pension certificate) In collaboration with the Data Protection Authority the Office proposed that the seropositivity should not be written at the pension certificate
(Hiv+ students can claim transcription to a university close to their clinic) The Office proposed that the hiv+ students at the public universities should claim transcription to a university close to their Clinic in order to be monitored from their Infectious Diseases Unit.
The office proposed that expenses for reconstructive procedures or facial filters as a solution to lipodystrophy should be covered by the insurance
Organization and realization of trainings and seminars to health workers concerning hiv issues such as
Announcement of seropositivity
Access to health services for uninsured hiv+ people
Education of educators in hiv issues
Collaborations with other offices and departments of HCDCP and other organisations
Participations in campaigns aiming to inform the public about transmission, prevention of STDs/ HIV and social issues related to hiv
Participation in interventions aiming to raise public awareness on discrimination issues
Participation in Interventions to special groups such as children with hiv, immigrants, prisoners, sex workers, MSM, IDUs (today the office conducts the streetwork team for male prostitution)
Co-operation since 1998 with therapy centers for dependent individuals, providing training seminars concerning the prevention of hiv to IDUs. (Last year 247 people were informed and trained).
There are also co-operation with NGOs, Infectious Diseases Units, Hospitals, Prison’s Hospital “Agios Paulos” , Children’s Hospital “Agia Sophia”, public services, Ministries aiming at the best interest of the clients of the Office.