Couples HIV Testing and Counseling
This course builds on the existing skills of individual HIV testing and counseling providers, and equips them with the skills to conduct Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC) services following the CHTC protocol. CHTC occurs when two or more persons who are in – or are planning to be in – a sexual relationship, receive all elements of HIV testing and counseling together in order to facilitate disclosure of results between partners and develop a prevention plan that is specific to the couple, their relationship, and their serostatus. Participants in this training course will learn communication skills for working with couples, will practice skills for easing tension and diffusing blame, and will learn how to address risk issues using abstract language and with a focus on the present and the future. 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.
California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center
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