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HIV Testing Services (HTS) Course


HIV Testing Services (HTS) Course is a 2 weeks Certificate examined by NASCOP.

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About HIV Testing Services (HTS) Course

Rapid HIV testing is recognized as one of the main strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and other support services (WHO, 2015). HIV testing helps identify those who are infected with HIV and links them for early interventions.

This HIV Testing Services (HTS) curriculum is designed to train HTS service providers to equip them with updated knowledge on the new guidance.

The course is also designed with tools to equip service providers with skills and attitudes to assist in accelerating the HIV testing uptake in the country. In addition, the curriculum has been carefully put together so as to give clarity to the various issues that should be considered when offering HIV Testing Services to the various subpopulations.

This course is designed to equip participants with knowledge skills and attitudes to provide comprehensive, responsive, effective and quality HIV testing services (HTS) to clients as per the National HTS guidelines.

Entry requirements for HIV Testing Services (HTS) Course

All participants to be trained in HTS must possess at least a minimum of a Diploma certificate in social or health sciences or a related course and from a recognized institution.

Institutions offering HIV Testing Services (HTS) Course


Technical University of Kenya

Public University Starehe

The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) was established through the elevation of The Kenya Polytechnic University College (KPUC) to full university status.TU-K was established as the first Technical...

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Kenya Association of Professional Counsellors

Private College Westlands

Kenya Association of Professional Counsellors (KAPC) is a registered Non-governmental organization. It was registered in 1990 and has 3 major functions:Membership associationCounselling servicesAcademic training coursesMembership AssociationKAPC invites people...

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Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development

Private College Starehe

The Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development (KISWCD) is a  centre of excellence in social work and community development offering diploma and certificate courses. Empowerment of the community...

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Centre for Training and Development - Kisii

Private College Nyaribari Chache

Centre for Training and Development (CeTD) Kenya is a skilled based learning and service Provision service.The college is situated in the heart of Kisii town and offers both...

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Objectives of HIV Testing Services (HTS) Course

The goal of this HIV Testing Services training is to facilitate the acquisition of the necessary capacities (knowledge, attitudes, and skills) to offer and provide comprehensive, responsive, effective and quality HIV testing services (HTS) to clients as per the National HTS guidelines.

General course objectives

  • Demonstrate acquisition of the requisite basic knowledge on HIV/AIDS and other relevant health i.e. sexual and reproductive health etc.
  • Demonstrate acquisition of sufficient progressive attitudes through self-awareness and personal development to offer quality HTS to all clients.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use counseling and communication skills in the provision of HTS as per the National HTS guidelines and other relevant national and international policy documents, guidelines and standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the services that comprise and support comprehensive HIV care.
  • Apply the acquired knowledge and skills on psychosocial issues in HIV/ AIDS to provide effective services to clients according to the HTS guidelines.
  • Demonstrate ability to use appropriate HTS Protocols to provide services to clients/patients as per the National HTS guidelines.
  • Acquire (attain) knowledge and skills to carry out HIV testing procedures as per the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOPs) in Kenya
  • Accurately record and report HTS processes as per the national HTS guidelines.

HIV Testing Services (HTS) Course - Programme

The course will cover the following 10 modules

  • Module 1: Introduction and Background to HIV Testing Services (HTS).
  • Module 2: Basic Concepts in HIV and AIDS
  • Module 3: HTS Populations targets, Approaches, Setting, and Strategies
  • Module 4: Communication and Counselling for HTS
  • Module 5: Psychosocial, Contextual and emerging issues in HIV
  • Module 6: HTS Service Package (HTS Protocols)
  • Module 7: HIV Testing Requirements, Algorithms and Procedures
  • Module 8: Introduction to HIV Treatment and Comprehensive Care Packages
  • Module 9: Promotional Activities for HTS
  • Module 10: Coordination, Monitoring, and Evaluation (M &E) of HTS

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