AIDS Concern Information and Education e-Newsletter

March 2016

AIDS Concern is launching this new Information and Education e-Newsletter to provide information about HIV/AIDS, treatment of HIV/AIDS and our services. This first issue is on counselling and our voluntary counselling and testing services.



今期電子通訊主題是輔導和我們的自願測試及輔導(Voluntary Counselling and Testing)服務。


What is the significance of counselling in HIV testing?

Why does AIDS Concern provide counselling services to testing service users—how is it related to HIV prevention?

Research shows that even a brief, focused, client-centred counselling session would at least have some short-term effect in reducing risky sexual behavior and reducing AIDS-related stigma. (Peltzer, Simbayi, Banyini & Kekana, 2012)

Another research regarding the effect of a 60-minute session of motivational or skill-building HIV risk reduction counselling intervention followed up at 4-month intervals indicated (i) significantly greater risk reduction practices, (ii) lower rates of multiple partners, unprotected intercourse, alcohol or drug use in the context of sex, transactional sex and (iii) a greater likelihood of reduction of alcohol use and abuse. (Peltzer, Tabane, Matseke & Simbayi, 2009)

Moreover, the testing workers of AIDS Concern have been trained and with a non-judgmental, open and friendly approach we explore how to deal with your concerns together with you in the 40-minute testing and counselling session.



研究顯示,一次簡短、專注,並以服務對象為中心的輔導服務對減少高風險性行為有短期影響,並減輕服務對象對愛滋病的污名。(Peltzer, Simbayi, Banyini & Kekana, 2012)

另一項研究發現,每4個月一次的60分鐘動機性及技巧建立的風險緩和輔導可以有以下影響 (1) 大大減少高風險行為、(2) 減少多個性伴侶的情況、不安全性行為、在進行性行為時使用藥物或酒精、性交易和(3) 有機會減少使用酒精及暴力。(Peltzer, Tabane, Matseke & Simbayi, 2009)



Peltzer, K., Simbayi, L., Banyini, M., & Kekana, Q. (2012). HIV Risk Reduction Intervention Among Medically Circumcised Young Men in South Africa: A Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal Of Behavioral Medicine, 19(3), 336-341. doi:10.1007/s12529-011-9171-8

Peltzer, K., Tabane, C., Matseke, G., & Simbayi, L. (2009). Lay counsellor-based risk reduction intervention with HIV negative diagnosed patients at HIV counselling and testing sites in a rural South African setting. Journal Of Psychology In Africa, 19(4), 541-548.


Voluntary counselling and testing services of AIDS Concern

The objective of our voluntary counselling and testing services is not only to allow service users to know the result of the HIV test in a comfortable, confidential setting, but also to allow service users to chat with our counsellors about how they feel about getting tested, HIV risk and how to face the test result together in the 40-minute counselling and testing session. Our counsellors are open and non-judgmental.

Apart from one-off voluntary counselling and testing services, we provide a ‘Shall We Talk’ service for people facing the following issues:

  • Relationship problems
  • Emotional distress
  • Problems with drugs or alcohol consumption
  • Sexual health
  • Identity crisis
  • Difficulties in using condoms
  • Others

If you face these issues, our counsellors are here to listen and provide support. Please contact us on 2394 6677.


自願測試及輔導(voluntary counselling and testing)期望在進行測試的過程中,讓來進行測試的朋友在保密舒適的環境即時知道愛滋病病毒測試結果,更重要是在40分鐘的輔導及測試過程中,測試員會以不批判、開放的態度與來測試的朋友傾談測試的心情、感染風險,以及一同探討如何面對測試的結果。


  • 伴侶關係問題
  • 情緒困擾
  • 關於毒品或飲酒的問題
  • 性健康
  • 身份認同
  • 使用安全套的困難
  • 其他問題


你可以致電2394 6677聯絡我們的輔導員。


An interview with Dickson, a counsellor of AIDS Concern

Interviewer: What does counselling mean to you?
Dickson: Haha….. I have been reflecting on this question over these years. At the moment, counselling is a journey to me. A tour guide (the counsellor) who understands, trusts and loves hopes to create a safe and reliable platform for a traveler with their own stories (people who receive counselling services). It’s a journey which may reveal some of the hidden secrets of the travelers and remind them of past wounds. It is also an opportunity for them to rephrase the meaning of life or reshape some of their beliefs. Of course it is the traveler who decides what his/her destination is.

Interviewer: Can you share one of your most memorable experiences?

Dickson: There are plenty of them. Every story is unique and fruitful when you listen to each service user with full attention.

I remember a service user who came for our voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) service. He looked around 20 years old. He was good-looking and looked cold and distant. At the beginning, I could tell he had some understanding of our VCT service and HIV and had emotionally prepared for any positive testing result. I felt he seemed to regret what he did and feel anxious and worried about the testing result.

During the 15 minutes when we waited for the result, we chatted about an unforgettable romance which had just ended. Apart from changes in his emotions and thoughts, I could see heart-breaking memories in his tears.

The result came as negative finally. He smiled and told me he had never thought he would share his memories with a stranger here. I thought sometimes all that we could do is to be by their side and show them that we care. 

There are three things I want to share about this experience. Firstly, He and you, you and I or our family and friends share similar stories, but we are subjective about the pain we feel. Secondly, it reminds me of what my teacher said- ‘never harm, sometimes heal, always care.’ Finally, we are all looking for that someone who accepts us wholly, aren’t we?

Interviewer: As a counsellor, what do you hope to see?

Dickson: As a passer-by in someone’s life, I want to see changes, growth, and strengthened self-reflection in our clients. To be able to love and to be loved, re-discover one’s self and value and pursue one’s dream are what I have envisioned since learning about counselling. I was greedy in the past.
Now, what I value is what people who come for our services want and need at this moment and what they want to see. Lastly, as a counsellor, I wish to be attentive every moment, to live fully and to feel whole-heartedly.  



小記: 對你來說,輔導是什麼?

Dickson : 哈哈,其實我這些年來都在反思這個問題。就此時此刻的我而言,輔導是一個旅行。是一個由對人有了解、有希望、心存信念和愛的導遊(輔導員),創造一個安全和可以信賴的平台,陪伴一位帶著自己人生地圖的遊客(接受輔導的朋友)一同探索的旅程。這個旅程有可能會碰到受傷的過去和重遇一些隱藏了很久的秘密,也有機會重拾生命的意義或重整一些信念。而到底目要到哪裡探索,當然是遊客自己決定。

小記: 你以分享一下最深刻的輔導經歷嗎?

Dickson : 其實有很多,因為當你願意花時間去細心聆聽每一個故事,他們都是獨特,都是精彩。


想分享這個經歷是因為三樣東西。第一,他跟你、我,或我們家人朋友的故事大同小異,但我們每人所經驗到的傷痛都是主觀。第二,想起老師曾語重深長的提醒, ‘ never harm, sometimes heal, always care’。最後,我們一直都在尋找的人,不就是那個可以全然接納我們好與壞的人嗎?

小記: 作為一個輔導員,你希望見到的又是什麼?

Dickson : 其實作為別人生命裡的一個過客,我希望見到人改變、成長,以及提升其自我覺察和反思。最後,重拾愛與被愛的能力,重拾自我及其價值,去做自己想做的事,這全都是開始這門學問初時的憧憬。從前的我,是貪心的。我現在最重視的,反而是到底來到的朋友們,他們此時此刻想要和需要的是甚麼呢?他們又希望見到甚麼呢?除此之外,作為一個輔導員,我只希望靜靜細看每分每秒,好好感受,好好活著。


HIV/AIDS situation in Hong Kong in 2015

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has released figures on the HIV/AIDS situation in Hong Kong in 2015 today. There were 725 new HIV infections in 2015 and 110 new AIDS cases. Both numbers are the highest since records began in 1984.

Please see http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201602/23/P201602230231.htm for detailed government data.

4) 2015年香港愛滋病情況




HIV/AIDS knowledge

What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?

Infection of “Human Immunodeficiency Virus” (HIV) causes the damage and deterioration of human immune system. Therefore, the immune system will no longer be able to effectively defend the body against virus and infectious organisms which cause illness. “Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome” (AIDS) refers to the development of a series of complications due to the deterioration of immune system.

After the infection of HIV virus, the virus mainly attacks the immune cells named CD4 T cells and causes deterioration in immune system. Without timely and proper treatment, on average it develops into AIDS in 8 to 12 years. The immune system of the patients will no longer be able to effectively protect their bodies against various virus and infectious organisms which cause disease. Therefore, the patients may develop a series of complications such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia and Candidiasis. Most of the opportunistic infections can be prevent and treated with existing medicines and treatments. So far there is no treatment that completely cures HIV infection. However, early diagnosis and treatment can control the viral load. HIV is therefore a preventable and manageable chronic illness.

The symptoms of HIV infection

The virus may be hidden in the human body for several years without any symptoms before the development of complications and illnesses due to deterioration of immune system. The early symptoms of HIV infection may include persistent diarrhea, persistent cough, night sweating, tiredness, weight loss and persistent enlargement of lymph nodes. Some patients may not experience the early symptoms of HIV infection. One cannot tell whether one is infected or any infection has developed into AIDS with these symptoms. The only way to tell whether one is infected is HIV testing.



感染愛滋病毒(Human Immunodeficiency Virus/人體免疫力缺乏病毒,簡稱HIV),會使身體的免疫系統漸漸受到破壞,無法對抗環境中存在的細菌或病毒,而出現一連串的感染症狀,才稱為愛滋病(Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome/後天免疫缺乏症,簡稱AIDS)。

當感染HIV後,病毒主要破壞一種名為 CD4 T淋巴細胞的白血球,令人體逐漸喪失免疫能力,如果沒得到及時及合適的治療,感染者平均會在8-12年內成為愛滋病患者,無法抵抗不同種類的病毒或細菌的侵襲。愛滋病患者有機會感染一系列的併發症,例如結核病、肺囊蟲肺炎和真菌感染等,絕大部分的機會性感染都可靠藥物預防或治療。現時仍未有方法完全根治愛滋病病毒,但及早發現和治療可以控制愛滋病病毒指數,是可預防及可控制的長期病。





Coming activities of AIDS Concern



Target group




Men who have sex with men under 25

Condom making workshops

18/3 (五Fri)
19/3 (六Sat)


Men who have sex with men

Expressive art workshop

19/3 (六Sat)


Men who have sex with men under 25

The Imitation Game screening

20/3 (日Sun)


People living with HIV

Mindfulness workshop

20/3 (日Sun)


Men who have sex with men

Sexual health workshop

24/3 (四Thu)





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