South Africa has adopted the UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy that aims to bring the HIV epidemic under control. To achieve this, those who are living with HIV must be identified, tested, put on Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART), and be virally supressed. It is critical to identify people living with HIV who do not know their status. They should then be put on ART to keep them virally suppressed. The challenge presented by the 90-90-90 strategy is to identify HIV cases. It should be addressed by using innovative HIV testing modalities. HIV counselling and rapid testing is the entry-way to the continuum of care.
This course is about HIV counselling and rapid testing to equip all healthcare providers and health workers with the knowledge and skills to perform HIV counselling and rapid testing confidently, accurately and reliably in a safe and professional manner, and to provide HIV Testing Services (HTS) effectively. The course offers a standardised approach of integrating HIV counselling and rapid testing in both clinical and community-based settings. The protocol for service includes patient or client education; informing the patient or client about the importance of testing for HIV and knowing one’s HIV status; and linkage to appropriate HIV prevention, treatment care services and other clinical and support services.
Any equivalent qualification on NQF level 4 (matric certificate) with relevant practical experience.
The course will be delivered through e-Learning or blended learning and contact at the worksite.
Students must have access to a computer and the internet.
Summative theoretical test and a Portfolio of Evidence.
A Health Systems Trust Certificate of Completion will be given to students who complete the short course.
The course fees vary, based on the number of enrolments by an organisation for the short course. A quotation per student will be given by the Course Co-ordinator, Cassius Semaushu at Cassius.Semaushu@hst.org.za. Course fees must be paid in full prior to the course start date.
Cassius Semaushu, E: Cassius.Semaushu@hst.org.za • T: +27 (0)11 312 4524
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main campus - midrand
1st Floor, Block J, Central Park, 400 16th Road, Midrand
+27 (0)11 312 4524
Satellite campus - Durban
1 Maryvale Road, Westville 3630
+27 (0)31 266 9090
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