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Voluntary Counseling & Testing (VCT)

What is Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT)?

Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) is an HIV prevention which allows individuals to learn their HIV status through pre and post-test counseling and an HIV test. VCT can be provided through stand-alone clinics or offered through community–based approaches. VCT is designed to motivate people to change their behaviors in order to prevent the acquisition and transmission of HIV, reduce anxiety over possible infection, facilitate safe disclosure of infection status, future planning and improve access to HIV prevention and treatment services. 

To become a Certified HIV Counselor, a candidate must:

  1. Register for the course
  2. Attend the HIV VCT course in its entirety.

Note: Course participation is a vital component of the HIV VCT training, and any participant who misses any portion of the course in excess of fifteen minutes will be withdrawn from the course.

  1. After completion of the course, the participant completes a Post-Course Knowledge Assessment
  2. Upon return to their respective organizations, the participants use the new counseling techniques and undergo Counseling Reviews by qualified staff members who have successfully gone through the training using the HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing Review Checklist (CD:STD-38).

Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Training Calendar for 2020

January 22-24, 2020
Freeway Medical Tower, Room 902
5800 W. 10th Street
Little Rock, AR 72204

April 22-24, 2020
Freeway Medical Tower, Room 902
5800 W. 10th Street
Little Rock, AR 72204

July 22-24, 2020
Freeway Medical Tower, Room 902
5800 W. 10th Street
Little Rock, AR 72204

October 21-23, 2020
Freeway Medical Tower, Room 902
5800 W. 10th Street
Little Rock, AR 72204

Please notice that ALL VCT classes are now being conducted on a Quarterly basis and all classes will be held in Little Rock, AR.

If you are requesting a VCT class outside of the calendar schedule, please contact Selestria Guy or Detrich Smith at 501-661-2408 for further details.

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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