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.

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About HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings

Nonclinical settings are easy to access and useful for people who might not be willing or able to access medical services regularly. Nonclinical settings typically provide same-day rapid HIV testing and might offer other HIV prevention services. They may also do outreach and recruitment to reach high-risk populations for HIV testing.

HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) latest HIV testing training for providers who work in nonclinical settings. 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 was released and the policies that followed, in particular, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020 (NHAS)external icon. This training reflects scientific and evidence-informed advances as expressed in CDC’s guidance: Implementing HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings, A Guide for HIV Testing Providers (2016) pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB].

Note: This training does not teach participants how to collect blood or oral samples.

Training Objectives

  • Utilize communication techniques to successfully build rapport with clients.
  • Understand the window period and communicate retesting messages.
  • Deliver the HIV rapid testing Six-Step Protocol to individuals in nonclinical settings.
  • Improve the ability to link clients who are living with, or at high risk for HIV, into care and prevention services.

HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings Training

This training has two components:

  1. 30-minute eLearning pre-course
  2. 2-day in-person classroom training

To view and register for scheduled classroom 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 session (step-by-step instructionspdf iconexternal icon are available).

To access eLearning modules, including classroom training prerequisite courses:

  1. Log-in to CDC TRAINexternal icon and access the HIV CBA Training Plan (step-by-step instructionspdf iconexternal icon are available).
  2. Select the module you wish to take.
  3. Launch the module or save the module for later.

To request that a classroom training 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.

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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.