RAPID HIV TESTING
ON-LINE TRAINING COURSE
The CDC's new on-line “Rapid HIV Testing Training Course” will offer an opportunity for HIV Prevention Providers working in non-clinical settings to gain knowledge and skills on administering rapid HIV testing. Rapid HIV Testing will allow providers greater reach into places where HIV testing has not been available.
The on-line course has four modules:
- Overview and Introduction to Rapid HIV Testing
- Safe Work Practices and Specimen Collection for Rapid HIV Testing
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control in a Rapid HIV Testing Environment
- HIV Prevention Counseling and Providing Rapid HIV Test Results
The Rapid Testing Training course can be accessed at the HIP eLearning Center Website by visiting http://www.effectiveinterventions.org/en/TrainingCalendar.aspx and selecting “Rapid HIV Testing - Online” in the interventions and courses dropdown menu. Once participants enter their login or create a new login, they will complete the PIF and enter the course.
The modules will take approximately 5 hours to complete, if completed in one setting. Participants may also start the online course, save their completed portion and return to complete the remaining portion of the course.
All materials in the course are based on CDC guidelines, protocols and established best practices related to rapid HIV testing, as seen in clinical and non-clinical settings. Content contained in the modules include Basic Programmatic components of an HIV testing program such as how to set up an acceptable work area for conducting HIV rapid testing; collecting test specimens by finger-stick and oral swab; and QA related to test interpretation. The on line course will be available for participants April 1, 2013.
For additional questions contact:
Dwayne Banks at Ebanks@cdc.gov or 404 639-3873
Chezia Carraway at Gcarraway@cdc.gov or 404 639-8057