Supporting HIV care through education and innovation

Topic: HIV Counseling and Testing

HIV counseling and testing occurs in a wide range of contexts in Ryan White programs. Situations as diverse as community outreach, partner testing, pregnancy, and labor and delivery call for special counseling approaches on the part of clinical staff. The technology of testing has continued to evolve with rapid tests, oral tests, and home tests. Finally, legal requirements for offering and documenting tests in a health care settings have also shifted in many states and jurisdictions.


Training resources

  • AETC NRC Logo
    AETC National Resource Center
    January 2014

    Clinical education/training resources and patient education materials from the HRSA AETC network.


  • CDC
    January 2012

    The CDC's collection of guidelines, fact sheets, reports, and training materials covers all HIV testing related topics, including rapid tests, healthcare and non-healthcare settings, and an overview of the CDC's initiatives in this area.

  • Clinicians Consultation Center Logo
    Clinician Consultation Center
    May 2014

    The Clinician Consultation Center, part of the HRSA AETC clinical training network, provides expert clinical consultation in HIV/AIDS Management, post-exposure prophylaxis, perinatal HIV/AIDS, and HIV testing..

Best practices


  • HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau
    November 2013

    Webinar on the integrated HIV prevention and care planning efforts and approaches to joint planning bodies. The Los Angeles EMA and Chicago EMA presented on their experiences in creating an integrated prevention and care planning body in their communities. -co


  • HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau
    August 2010

    Clinical debate of the mathematical theory that HIV/AIDS can be eliminated from society if all adults are tested regularly and all infected persons are put on antiretroviral therapy—regardless of CD4 level. 


  • Los Angeles County Commission on HIV, December 2006

    Site offers a wide collection of standards of care for Los Angeles County to guide providers and patients in the provision of optimal scientifically-based clinical practices.


  • Linking to Care
    Philadelphia Office of HIV Planning, May 2014

    This is a brief assessment tool for counselors and testing staff to use with persons newly-diagnosed with HIV to assess their linkages to care in terms of health coverage, finances, housing, and social supports.

Training resources

  • AETC NRC Logo
    AETC National Resource Center, January 2014

    Large collection of training and implementation resources for HIV testing programs in a variety of settings from the HRSA AIDS Education and Training Centers network.

  • Stop the Drop
    Pacific AETC, February 2014

    Online trainings to help providers address care challenges that stand in the way of clients accessingn testing, linkage, care and engagement in HIV services. 

Best practices