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Reaching Those With HIV/AIDS: The Rural “Holiday Social”

Most people think there is not much activity with respect for treatment for those who are living with HIV. However my research indicates there are comprehensive efforts being made to identify and treat those with HIV. I have already written a couple of articles regarding this effort. You can check about these holidays on homepage. You can reach those who suffer from HIV. This is a great initiative that you can be a part of. This is another good way for you to pay back to your community as well.

The populations that are served are divided in to two sections. One is rural and the other is city. With this article we will be discussing the rural setting with something called the “Holiday Social.” Those who are in charge of HIV identification and treatment think that in HIV treatment there is lot of benefit in having those with a like illness get together especially at the time of a holiday. They consider the camaraderie a way for the patients of this illness to get in touch with one another when a case worker is not available.

In general the way that a Holiday Social works is for the organizers to select a theme and develop an invitation list. They must find a location and then find out what the interests of their patients are. For the event it is important that people attending have transportation if they need it.

Some of the suggested activities for the Holiday Social include playing games, eating food provided by the case worker, listen to music and talk with one another and an agency staff member. It is important to see the staff worker outside of their standard “role.” The idea behind this is people will come in on a non-threatening basis and establish or reestablish a connection with case workers about their treatment. HIV patients are uncomfortable about being in the company of authorities. Therefore they do not always believe it when people try to offer them treatment. HIV patients are encouraged to bring food they make and gifts if they wish to share with less fortunate people.

The people needed to get this event off the ground are case workers, an outreach worker and volunteers.

It is suggested this event occur four times a year. Further it should be in a location that is free from alcohol and drugs and located where people feel safe from the outside world. This concept provides safety, compassion and a way to communicate.

One of the problems you have in any given circumstance at any event where there is a matter of peers is there may be some people who are unable to dress appropriately and therefore feel out of place. Another problem is some people are unable to bring gifts. Therefore those two things should be downplayed. You should try to get as much of a diverse crowd as possible.

Treating those with HIV is much like trying to treat “street people.” Street people are not trusting of those in positions of authority. That is why such a comprehensive treatment effort is being made. There are over 20 systems at work.