For several weeks the work is “boiling” in Taikos pr. 107. Here, people infected with HIV, their families and volunteers are repairing premises, which are being rented from municipality. These premises will provide full support to patients and those individuals who are at- risk. Lot of work to do, since premises were abandoned and stood in bad conditions, but our enthusiasm to create a qualified office by sufficient funds and by our own hands is enough.
A non-governmental organization that conducts public benefit (helping and taking care of those, who are at-risk individuals or has HIV) participated in the competition for premises that has 22.5 sq. meters, located in Taikos pr. 107. To participate organization had to compete as a business entity, because municipality did not gave us any other opportunities- told the “Positive Life” association head Jurgis Andriuška (VLMEDICINA.LT). Since 2000, the year when HIV diagnosis was made for this activist, the efforts to get grater municipal support for social activities remained without response.
“We are forced to deal with our own problems, though we are always looking for more municipal attention,” – he says.
However, the idea of association to have their headquarters in the port town has come real, because of its members initiative. Possibility to rent the premises came from the sponsors; Thanks for the sponsors from Poland- company named “GILEAD”. They have made 8,000 euro annual support, which will be spent on rent and cabinet installation.
When the premises are complete, it will have consulting cabinet in which HIV- infected individuals and their family members, including at- risk people, will have a possibility to get preventive measures, psychosocial services. Also there will be organized supporting groups, and applied casual, time consuming measures- lectures, discussions and so on.
To attract, engage these people with social measures have become very important, because, that not too long ago new rule came into force: blood tests can be taken only on scheduled time, and only once in a week. In the past, when blood was transported for investigation in Vilnius, but not being investigated in Klaipeda’s University Hospital Laboratory, it was possible to give blood every day. (Supplemented. already takes blood for testing and Thursdays).
“Many at-risk people fail to register in advance and to come on set time to the University Hospital, because of their chaotic lifestyle, psycho-social problems and other circumstances associated with social status”- says J. Andriuška.
He hopes that the Cabinet activities will be ensured by close cooperation with Klaipeda’s addictive disorders center, Klaipeda’s University Hospital, Klaipeda’s Red Cross Committee and other social partners. It is being expected that overall work will help us to bring back HIV patients in the treatment process and to keep them, that they would continuously use treatment and improve the control of infectious diseases.