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HIV Clinic and Hospital

Asha Kirana offers a broad spectrum of solutions for the HIV challenge. It started its medical unit in 1997 as an outpatient facility to provide medical and psychosocial care to people living with HIV/AIDS infection. In 2003, an inpatient facility was added. This facility is the first of its kind in Southern India.  Currently, over 6,000 persons with HIV infection are followed by Asha Kirana for clinical and psychosocial care.

Clinical Facilities available at Asha Kirana

  • Out-patient clinics: Monday - Saturday: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
  • 24-hr inpatient facility with 20 beds
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Professional in-patient and out-patient care
  • Specialist care by visiting consultants
  • Sound referral backup of major hospitals
  • Weekly specialty clinics for women and children
  • Counseling 
  • Nutritional and Physiological counseling
  • In house subsidized Drug Centre with adherence counseling

Diagnostic facilities

Asha Kirana offers State of the Art Diagnostics and testing facilities for the following:


  • Blood Glucose
  • S. Urea
  • S. Creatinine
  • Liver Function Test
    • Bilurubin
      • Total
      • Direct
      • Indirect
    • Protein
      • Total
      • Albumin
      • Globulin
    • SGOT
    • SGPT
    • Alkaline phosphatase
  • S. LDH

Hematology and clinical pathology

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • WBC (Total)
  • RBC
  • Hemoglobin
  • Platelet
  • TLC
  • Differential count
  • Neutrophils
  • Lymphocytes
  • Eosinophils
  • Basophils
  • Monocytes
  • Peripheral smear, MP, MF
  • Giemsa staining, Tznack smear
  • Stool & Urine routine


  • Serology
  • CD4 count & Percentage
  • HBsAg –Rapid test
  • VDRL
  • Toxoplasma IgM and IgG ELISA
  • Cryptococcal antigen – latex agglutination test
  • Rapid test (HIV Comb, Tri Dot, Instachk)
  • WIDAL – Slide Agglutination
  • CSF and other body fluids and Aspirates
  • Culture for fungal pathogens and MTB
  • Acid Fast Staining (ZN)
  • India ink preparation
  • Diagnostic Bacteriology & Mycology
  • Grams staining


Counselling is one of our fortes and our professionally trained counselors help People Living with HIV cope with the multiple challenges of “Life after HIV” through intensive sessions that include individual, spouse and support group counseling. Our counseling services are also extended to other hospitals and institutions in the city.

HIV affects all dimensions of a person’s life: physical, psychological, social and spiritual. Counselling and social support can help people cope more effectively with each stage of the infection and enhances quality of life. With adequate support, PLWHA are more likely to be able to respond adequately to the stress of being infected and are likely to develop serious mental health problems. Assessment and interventions may be aimed at the acutely stressful phase following notification of HIV infection, the ensuing adjustment period, and the process of dealing with chronic symptomatic HIV infection and disease progression through to death.

Keeping in mind these various aspects of People Living with HIV Asha Kirana provides the following types of counseling services:

  • Pre test Counseling
  • Post test Counseling
  • Counseling for Behavioral Change
  • Counseling for Children
  • Tele Counseling
  • Follow Up Counseling
  • Grief Counseling
  • Couple/Marital Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Counseling for HIV Positive Pregnant mothers
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Terminal Counseling
  • Adherence Counseling

Life-style Centered HIV Care

  • Spouse and Family Counseling
  • First Ever Free Anti-Retro Viral Therapy (ART) Roll-out for Children since 2002
  • Subsidized ART package for people with advanced disease
  • Specialty Clinics for Women, Children, Dental Evaluation and Ophthalmic Evaluation
  • Homoeopathic Clinic & Yoga to provide holistic approach
  • Adherence & Nutrition Counseling
  • Network of consultants and institutions to provide specialty services
Grateful Acknowledgement