Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) for HIV . Presentation Objectives. By the end of this session, you should be able to: Describe the basic facts about voluntary counseling and testing (VCT). Explain the importance of VCT. Describe the goals and outcomes of VCT.
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By the end of this session, you should be able to:
Describe the basic facts about voluntary counseling and testing (VCT).
Explain the importance of VCT.
Describe the goals and outcomes of VCT.
Describe the link from VCT to HIV
prevention, care and treatment.
VCT is an entry point and not the end point.
Serostatus and coping
Early management of OIs and STDs
Planning for future orphan care; Will preparation
Reduces mother-to-child transmission
Referral to social and peer support
(TB and bacteraemia)
and contraceptive advice
Giving accurate information
Conducting personalized risk assessment
Developing a personalized risk reduction plan
Demonstrating appropriate condom use
Explaining the test and obtaining informed consent
Discussing implications of HIV result
Assessing coping ability
Providing psychological and emotional support and referral as appropriateComponents of VCT
“I feel if I tested positive it would just devastate me. You know that, while I know I might be positive - I had herpes zoster - there are times I tell myself that its my father-in-law doing some black magic on me. If I went and had a test and they said ‘you have it’ then I know I would be dead in a week.”
No cure or effective treatment
“I do not even want a test. What are you going to do about it if I come out positive? Are you going to give me medicines? If you tell me that you can give me medicines or that you will cure the disease then I can go for a test tomorrow.”
“ If you go for a test and the result comes out positive your family will not take care of you because you will be an outcast.”
“Its not necessary since a test is only for those young ones who have not followed their parents’ advice of not indulging in things like careless sex.”