Saturday, 7 June 2014


Sunday Chronicle of Papua New Guinea 8 June 2014-06-08

NCD Health workers expressed satisfaction after attending a recent HIV counselling course which they described as a real eye opener.

Spokesperson Sr Henao Mailau officer in charge of Kila Kila clinic said the Couples HIV Counselling and Testing course helped participants attain specific skills to conduct counselling among couples.

Another participant Ruth Kendino attached to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology section of the Port Moresby General Hospital said it was important for everyone to be present for counselling.

“This course reminds us that HIV involves a family – a husband, wife and even children. When it comes to counselling, all parties must be present".

Course facilitator and NCD Health Services HIV/AIDS coordinator Sister Manaseh Ola-Kelly explained that unlike individual or marriage counselling, couples HIV counselling dealt with two people from different dynamics and environments.

Sr Manaseh said there are now increasing numbers of cases recorded at VDTs and ante-natal clinics where couples were found with one HIV positive and one negative.

Comment: It is good that at last, the family is seen to be part of AIDS counselling.

There was a time when wives would be counselled alone and husband not allowed to be with her. Parents were excluded from counselling with son or daughter.

This was UN and AusAID policy by which families were to be excluded from any group support, particularly the husbands and fathers.

Now the people of PNG are slowly taking ownership of the family HIV/ AIDS counselling. It is good that PNG medical people are slowly taking their place in the response.

Counselling without the spouse is an effective means of promoting confrontation between husband and wife. But that is what the UN lesbians want. They want men to appear to remain violent. That will keep the UN lesbians employed.

In 2001, my PNG wife and son were dying of AIDS. They died in 2002 and 2003. I took Linda for counselling with an AusAID advisor but was told I had to leave, even though I was her carer. The interview would not proceed until I moved out.

The implication was that as a man, I would be violent at the interview. There was also the hidden view that I had given her the virus.

The lesbian counsellor wanted to be free to question Linda about violence to her. Lesbians have it all worked out for all men. That is why they are failing to make a mark in the national HIV/AIDS response. They have a scumbag professionalism.

The following years to the present show that I am HIV negative. AusAID lesbian advisors wanted to exclude men from counselling to paint a false picture of violence of all men.

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