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Seminar: HIV/AIDS and us
April 5, 2013
 
The Department of Clinical Psychology UMT and AIDS Clinic Jinnah organized a seminar on AIDS. This was a highly informative and useful seminar on an avoidable illness that is spreading very fast in the developing countries including Pakistan. There are already nearly 100,000 known cases of AIDS in Pakistan and they are increasing at an alarming rate (in certain areas around 11% every year), a majority of the patients are under 25. The virus is not a quick killer anymore but it still is as debilitating as ever. In 1980 the life expectancy of AIDS patients was 11 months, now it is 20 years; affecting, directly or indirectly, hundreds and thousands of members of the community.

As in any other chronic illness, Clinical Psychology plays a very important role in the management and prevention of AIDS. The Clinical Psychology Department called two experts with years of experience in the field to educate us on AIDS.  They addressed questions like: What is AIDS? How does it spread?  What does it do to us? What is the course of this killer and debilitating disease? How can it be prevented?  What can we do to protect ourselves? If left alone, how does AIDS affect our family, friends and the community? What role can Clinical Psychology play in helping the victims and the helpers?
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