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November 27, 2012
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Is nutritional counselling necessary for him?

Dear Counsellor:

My children's father worked overseas for many years. Last year, he was deported to Jamaica but was very sick. I later found out that he has HIV. He supported his family back here in Jamaica. His doctor referred him for nutritional counselling. Is that necessary?


Dear Babymother:

Yes, it is necessary and important for all persons with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS to receive nutrition counselling, since consuming a balanced diet will help them maintain a good nutritional status. This will help the immune system fight infection and prevent muscle wasting. However, being infected with HIV can sometimes cause eating problems or inability to digest certain nutrients. I suggest your children's father follow his doctor's instructions carefully. Family support is very important for the HIV- infected person.

Itching and foul smelling odour

Dear Counsellor:

I have a itching and a foul smelling odour few days before my menstruation each month. My boyfriend is suggesting that I go to the doctor. I have never had symptoms of sexually transmitted infections before.

Faithful Girlfriend

Dear Faithful Girlfriend:

A person infected with some type of sexually transmitted infection may notice itching or pain in the genital area, a burning sensation when urinating, a discharge/foul odour form the vagina or penis. However, not all the time these symptoms mean that there is infection with sexually transmitted infection. You need to seek medical attention so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated. Every sexually active person should get checked for sexually transmitted infections at least one a year.

For more information on condom use, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections call the AIDS/STD Helpline at 967-3830, 967-3764 or toll free at 1888-991-4444 or write to AIDS Affair, c/o the Star, 7 North Street, Kingston.

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