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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of the HIV VCT training, and any participant who misses any portion of the course in excess of fifteen minutes will be withdrawn from the course.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 2021

Due to COVID, the class size has been cut in half.  Registration is limited and is on a first come first serve basis.  Slots tend to fill rather quickly and typically before the registration deadline. 

If you are requesting a VCT class outside of the calendar schedule, please contact Kevin Holmes or Zuakernah Belo at 501-661-2408 for further details.

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