XVIII International AIDS Conference


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MIPITS implementation, an integral medical attention model that improves quality of life in people with HIV - a fieldwork experience in Mexico City

T. Clemades1,2, A. Martínez1, H.E. Sandoval1, M. Andrade1, J. Lopez1, J.E.A.N. Perezpeña1

1Fundación Clemades Cuenta Conmigo, A.C., Mexico City, Mexico, 2CAPASITS (Centros Ambulatorios de Prevención y Atención en SIDA e ITS), Naucalpan, Mexico

Issues: Integral medical management of people with sexually transmitted infections (MIPITS). It is a model used in people with HIV, and how this contributes to improving the quality of life of the people who have participated in this experience.
Description: From 2007 up to the present, the medical attention model known as MIPITS has been used among people with HIV, aiming at improving their quality of life. A biological, psycho-educational, psycho-therapeutic, socio-cultural and spiritual approach has been used for this purpose.
So, with the biological approach all of the complaints referred by the user have been taken care of, searching objectively for other sexually transmitted infections that the user may also have. Regarding the psycho-educational and psycho-therapeutic issues, several ericksonian psychotherapeutic techniques have been used which allow, in an indirect manner, to work with the individual's subconscience, offering to him/her new insights and tools to cope with daily challenges and those related to living with HIV. Regarding the socio-cultural issue, the person's needs are also taken into account from his/her cultural and social perspective. At a spiritual level we try to awaken the users' resilience in order for them to discover a new sense in their lives after being diagnosed with HIV.
Lessons learned: With this model, the users have gotten a better and faster accepting of their HIV living condition. Medical indications have been easier to remember, and it improves antiretroviral treatment adherence and other adjuvant drugs.
Next steps: We plan on replicating this model in other local and national governmental and non governmental institutions. A manual or a book will be produced that serve as a guide or a reference source for physicians interested in using this model.

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