Communicable Diseases Module: 24. Provider-Initiated HIV Testing and Counselling

Study Session 24  Provider-Initiated HIV Testing and Counselling


In this study session, you will learn about the benefits of HIV testing and your role as a Health Extension Practitioner in counselling and testing for HIV infection, an important prevention measure. The focus of this study session is provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling (PITC) and rapid HIV testing, but other issues such as confidentiality and informed consent will also be addressed.

PITC is HIV testing which is initiated by the health worker either in the health facility or at community level, and is part of the developing role for health workers in preventing the spread of HIV and identifying those individuals at risk and in need of treatment.

All the photographs shown in this study session have been provided by the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute.

Learning Outcomes for Study Session 24