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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

New guidelines for counselling and testing children for HIV

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Toolkits & guidelines
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Human Sciences Research Council
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A new set of guidelines and training tools dealing with the legal, ethical and counselling issues related to HIV testing of children is now available for HIV/AIDS practitioners working with children. HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) is the most important entry point for HIV-related treatment, care, support and prevention. The HSRC, through the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC), was commissioned to provide technical support to the Department of Health to ensure implementation of the goals for voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) as set out in the 2006-2011 National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (NSP). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided the funding for this initiative.

This package of tools includes a trainers' manual, participants' manual, legal guidelines for implementers, as well as counselling and testing implementation guidelines. A CD containing all these resources is also being made available.