HIV and HCV rapid testing in low threshold settings for PWUD
This course has been designed to be a complete tool to provide staff in low-threshold settings the knowledge, skills and techniques needed for testing people who use drugs for HIV and HCV and linking them to needed care. It was developed within the EU-funded programme, Joint Action on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis among People Who Inject Drugs in Europe (HA-REACT).
- Basic information about HIV, HCV, and TB
- What types of HIV and HCV tests exists and how they work
- The standards of test counselling
- Understanding philosophy of harm reduction
- Addressing gender issues within existing services and developing gender-specific services
- Integrated approaches in relation to substance use and HIV/HCV testing
- What can be done to support linkage
- How to choose the right tools and understand the meaning of quality
- Standards for HIV and HCV testing in prison settings
8 modules with 50 activities
In this module you will learn:
- The biology of HIV and HCV;
- Modes of transmission of HIV and HCV;
- Screening and diagnosis methods for HIV and HCV;
- HIV and HCV treatment options;
- Basic information about tuberculosis.
By the end of the session participants will understand:
- What types of HIV and HCV tests exists
- How they work, and
- What the ‘window period’ is.
In this module participants will get to know:
- The standards of pre-test and post-test counselling;
- The procedure of counselling;
- Importance of counselling.
By the end of the module you will be able to:
- Understand philosophy of harm reduction;
- Have concrete plans for developing their existing services and adding new services;
- Understand public health ethical priorities of low-threshold services and negligence of not addressing behaviours that cause infections;
- Engage PWUD in discussions about minimizing risks.
In this module participants will learn to:
- Offer suggestions for mainstreaming gender into existing services for PWUD;
- Expand access to women who use drugs (WUD) through appropriate gender-sensitive and gender-specific services;
- Address gender issues within existing services and/or to develop gender-specific services;
- Setting targets for scale-up to improve access to comprehensive HIV and care services, expanding coverage among WUD.
By the end of the module participants will understand:
- Integrated approaches in relation to substance use and HIV/HCV testing;
- The role of low threshold settings in improving linkage;
- Main barriers to service integration;
- What can be done to support linkage.
In this module participants will learn about:
- Quality improvement tools;
- How to choose the right tool;
- The meaning of quality.
In the final module participants will learn about:
- An example of a German testing intervention for prison;
- Requirements for test interventions in prison settings;
- Standards for HIV and HCV testing in prison settings.