HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings

HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings is designed to train providers who work in nonclinical settings to conduct HIV testing using a streamlined Six-Step Protocol with greater emphasis on serostatus-specific referrals and active linkage where a person’s current circumstances are explored, with less extensive pre- and post-test counseling.

About HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings

HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings is a key public health strategy under the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) Diagnose Pillar. A nonclinical setting is defined as a location not offering routine HIV treatment. Examples of nonclinical settings for HIV testing may include community-based organizations (CBOs), retail and community pharmacies, mobile units, and places a population of interest congregates and is accessible (e.g., parks, bridge underpasses, bars, community festivals).

Nonclinical settings should be easy to access and useful for reaching people who might not be willing or able to access medical services regularly. They typically provide same-day rapid HIV testing results and support accessing additional HIV prevention (e.g., PrEP) and care and treatment (e.g., linkage assistance, insurance navigation).

HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) latest HIV testing training for nonclinical settings. This training reflects scientific advances and evidence-informed updates as expressed in CDC’s guidance: Implementing HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings: A Guide For HIV Testing Providers (2016). Key influences on this curriculum have been shifts in HIV prevention, care, and treatment that have occurred since the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling training, and the policies that followed. This training has a streamlined Six-Step Protocol with greater emphasis on serostatus specific referrals and active linkage. A person’s current circumstances are explored, with less extensive pre- and post-test counseling.

This virtual, live course will utilize a variety of adult learning methodologies inclusive of lectures, group discussions, video forums, and role-plays.

HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings Training

This training has one component:

  1. 3-day (13-hour and 30-minute) virtual, instructor-led training

To view and register for scheduled virtual, instructor-led trainings:

  1. Access the National HIV Classroom Learning Center training calendarexternal icon hosted on Cicatelli Associates, Inc.’s (CAI’s) website.
  2. Pre-register for your selected course via the link provided in the training calendar.
  3. Complete your registration on CDC TRAINexternal icon as directed when you receive an email from the National HIV Classroom Learning Center. You must join the HIV CBA Learning Group and locate the HIV CBA Training Plan in order to complete your CDC TRAIN registration for a specific classroom training session (step-by-step instructionsexternal icon are available).

To request that a training session be scheduled:

  1. CDC’s directly funded health department and CBO partners may request delivery of a CDC-supported training by submitting a request in the CBA Tracking System.
  2. Organizations not directly funded by CDC may contact their local health department for assistance in submitting a training request.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact DHAPCBB@cdc.gov.

Implementation and Marketing Materials

The materials and resources listed below support the implementation and/or marketing of HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings by health departments, community-based organizations, and health care or other organizations. The resources are evidence-based and designed for cost-effective, scalable implementation.

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