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HIV Testing Workshops at BCCDC

Application Form - The application form has been designed to include all HIV workshops.  You may choose a combination that best suits your position.  Please print, fill out and fax to the number on the cover page of the application.

Workshop Schedule

2018
HIV Pre and Post Test Discussions
April 18, 2018 (Wednesday - 1 day)
October 17, 2018 (Wednesday - 1 day)

Partner Counselling and Referral Services (PCRS)
2018
April 19, 2018 (Thursday AM - 0.5 day)
October 18, 2018 (Thursday AM - 0.5 day)

Point of Care (POC) "Rapid" HIV Testing
2018
April 19, 2018 (Thursday PM - 0.5 day)
October 18, 2018 (Thursday PM - 0.5 day)

Workshop Information

‎The HIV Pre and Post Test Discussion Workshop has been designed for health care providers who will be providing HIV testing to clients. This 1 day workshop includes opportunities for discussion, networking and practice. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. Priority seating will be given to participants who plan to be offering HIV testing in their communities at completion of the workshop.

 

This half day workshop is designed for health care providers who provide HIV testing or who assist with the notification and counselling of partners. The workshop provides time to discuss effective, non-coercive techniques which can support clients to voluntarily identify sexual and injection drug-use partners who might benefit from testing.


Participants will have opportunity to practice skills in a non-threatening, supportive atmosphere. Commitment to full time participation is requested as the program is designed to progress in incremental steps.


Partner counselling as presented in the PCRS course compliments the existing guidelines for HIV antibody testing. As a pre-requisite for this course, participants should have either attended a Pre and Post Test Workshop or have experience talking with clients about HIV testing.

 

As an optional supplement to the HIV pre and post workshop the BCCDC is offering a half-day training session on the use and guidelines for practice of Point of Care (POC) HIV tests (also known as “rapid” HIV tests). These HIV antibody screening tests can be performed on-site while the client waits and provides results within minutes. The BCCDC has a Provincial POC HIV Testing Program that oversees HIV point of care testing, kit distribution, and quality assurance. The program provides health care sites that meet program recommendations with POC test kits free-of-charge.


This training will provide background information, demonstrate the correct POC HIV testing technique as well as provide opportunities for discussion and practice. Guidelines and program information can be found at www.bccdc.ca/POC.

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