The concept of Counselling and Voluntary Testing
- It allows adolescents to find out their own HIV status in order to evaluate their behavior and its consequences.
- VCT clinics usually have 45 minutes counseling sessions that provide information about HIV and AIDS and testing process
- VCT can help improve advocacy and reduce stigma by giving people the opportunity to talk anonymously and confidentially with a counselor about their HIV status
The Procedures and Techniques of CVT for HIV/AID
- Describe the test and how it is performed
- Explain AIDS and the way infection is spread
- Discuss the ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS
- Explain the confidentiality of the test results
- Discuss the meaning of the possible test results
- Ask what impact you think the result of the test will have on them
- Discuss whom they might share their results with
- Discuss the importance of telling their sex partners and/or drug using partners if the result are positive
Third Step: After the test has been done, the counselor gives the results to the person in the post-test counseling session. (It usually takes around fifteen to twenty minutes after the test has been administered for the results to be ready). If they are found to be HIV positive (meaning that they have HIV) then they are referred to a medical specialist and other counselor in order to aid them in receiving treatment and support.