Testing Together

Testing Together( also known as Couples HIV Testing and Counseling)  is a new public health strategy that occurs when two or more persons who are in- or planning to be in a sexual relationship receive HIV testing services together (including their HIV test results). This service facilitates communication and disclosure of HIV status. It also supports linkage to HIV medical care, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and/or other appropriate services.

Participants in this training course learn communication skills for working with couples and practice skills for easing tension and diffusing blame. Participants will also learn how to talk about HIV discordance (when one partner is HIV positive and one partner is HIV negative), and will practice delivering a CHTC session via role plays and interactive exercises. Prior to attending the 2-day in-person training, participants will be expected to complete a 2.5 hour pre-training e-learning module.

This course is appropriate for individual HIV testing and counseling providers, and is designed to equip them with the skills to conduct Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC) services following the CHTC protocol.

Quotes from Previous Participants

I felt the training was beneficial re: cultural competency for people living with HIV.

I will use the information learned in this training while giving HIV disclosures, and discussing concerns of people living with HIV