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E.V.A. staff held an HIV training in Nizhny Novgorod

The training took place at a rehabilitation center for chemical dependency. Svetlana Gavrilova and Yaroslavla Medvedeva led the training.   A training session entitled ‘Navigator’…
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The training took place at a rehabilitation center for chemical dependency. Svetlana Gavrilova and Yaroslavla Medvedeva led the training.
 
A training session entitled ‘Navigator’ was held on the 20th of August at a rehabilitation center for chemical dependency located in the village of Roika in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The training was led by ‘E.V.A.’ network coordinator Svetlana Gavrilova and peer counselor on HIV infection, Yaroslavla Medvedeva. The intention of the training was to increase the participants’ knowledge about the work of peer counselors and the interaction of these specialists with clients, the government, and other partners from nonprofits. 25 volunteers and counselors from the rehabilitation center participated in the training.
 
Yaroslavla Medvedeva:
 
“This was my first experience participating in a training as a leader, and, of course, I was very nervous. I remember as I was travelling there I thought to myself, “Please don’t let there be someone who will ruin everything”. Usually there is someone who sabotages such trainings. But, fortunately, this time it wasn’t the case. When I understood that I was being listened to and that they were asking questions for clarification, I felt much better.
 
I talked about the experience of accompanying clients, about my personal experience with HIV: accepting my diagnosis, my relationships with my relatives and friends, and about how my life changed after I learned about my status.
 
I enjoyed the fact that the participants listened attentively and asked questions about taking pills, about HIV in general, about how many people live with HIV, and so on. I was surprised that the participants were unaware of ARVT and other aspects of life with HIV.
 
The main outcome of the training for me was when one of the participants gave feedback, saying that he would begin to take treatment although previously he had been doubtful. In general, it would be great if the clients of rehabilitation centers were better acquainted with the issue of HIV, peer counselors, and other specialists”.
 
Svetlana Gavrilova:
 
“Of course I am extremely pleased that we conducted this training. I have a feeling, from both the expectation of the participants as well as from the feedback, that we fulfilled the task of informing them about the course of treatment for HIV infection, ARVT, and coinfection.
 
I’m left with the sense that there is a lot of work to do in the regions with both the groups of people who are affected by the epidemic as well as with the community of doctors considering that we were given the impression that dialogue is lacking between doctors and patients. But most importantly, the first step has been made!”.
 

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