HIV Testing Trainings
MDH-funded HIV Testing Training
The following training series is required for staff at at agencies that are directly funded by MDH to implement HIV testing. All three sessions (Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling, HIV Test Results, and HIV Testing Data and Bloodborne Pathogen) are required for staff at agencies directly funded by MDH/CDC to do HIV testing. Members of the public are welcome to attend as space allows, although priority is given to grantee agencies.
No cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.
Location, date, & time:
The next three-part virtual training series will be held on Wednesday, August 3; Wednesday, August 10; and Wednesday, August 17 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Visit Virtual HIV Testing Training Registration - August 2022 to register.
- Questions about this course or registration? Please call 651-201-5414 and ask to speak to someone about the HIV testing training.
Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling (Day 1 course)
This two and a half hour virtual workshop has been designed to improve the ability of providers in a variety of settings to support individuals in making behavior changes that will reduce their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV. Skills for administering risk assessments for HIV and STD testing will be learned and practiced.
This course will also benefit counselors, nurses, street outreach workers and social workers in a variety of settings such as family planning/community clinics, STD clinics, HIV testing clinics, chemical dependency programs and correctional institutions.
Participants are expected to have a basic foundation of knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention.
HIV Test Results (Day 2 course)
This two and a half hour virtual course will benefit staff that perform HIV testing and provide results to clients. This workshop builds on the skills acquired during the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling workshop. The course will discuss the HIV CTR Guidelines and indications for routine and/or targeted testing. In addition, it will address the issues of clients who receive positive or negative HIV test results.
Participants are expected to have a basic foundation of knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention and to have completed the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling course.
HIV Testing Data and Bloodborne Pathogen Training (Day 3 course)
This training is in two parts.
- Guidance, instruction, and hands-on experience in filling out the HIV Testing System form required for agencies and providers funded by MDH and CDC to conduct HIV testing. Discussion will include information about the different testing technologies that are used in the field today and mandated reporting of new case diagnoses.
- Required annual OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens exposure control training for HIV testing and syringe service program staff.
Participants must have completed the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling and HIV Test Results courses. This training is required for all grantees but is not limited to grantees.
Rapid HIV Testing Online Training Course
(4 one-hour modules)
This training is a requirement for staff at agencies that are directly funded by MDH/CDC to implement HIV testing and is a pre-requisite for attending the MDH-funded HIV Testing Training. Staff may access this course online or be taught in person by a waived rapid testing Certified CDC Trainer, or a combination of both.
The CDC on-line Rapid HIV Testing Online Course will offer an opportunity for HIV Prevention Providers working in non-clinical settings to gain knowledge and skills on administering rapid HIV testing. Rapid HIV Testing will allow providers greater reach into places where HIV testing has not been available. This course will also benefit any provider new to rapid HIV testing.
The online course has four modules:
- Overview and Introduction to Rapid HIV Testing
- Safe Work Practices and Specimen Collection for Rapid HIV Testing
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control in a Rapid HIV Testing Environment
- HIV Prevention Counseling and Providing Rapid HIV Test Results
Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention.
Requirement for MDH funded agencies:
Agency must keep copies of staff training certificates of completion on file for all staff conducting HIV testing.
Grantees of MDH must also complete the HIV Testing Training Series before conducting un-supervised testing sessions (the first two are open trainings and available to all providers).
You will need to create a login to register for the online Rapid HIV Testing Online Course (RHT) through CDC's TRAIN e-Learning Center. PDF instructions for registering CDC online modules are listed here:
- Step 1: CDC TRAIN: CDC's online learning system (PDF)
Instructions on how to create a new account in CDC TRAIN and join the CDC HIV capacity building assistance (CBA) learning group.
- Step 2: Getting to Rapid HIV Testing in CDC TRAIN (PDF)
Steps to get to the “Rapid HIV Testing” modules once you join the CBA learning group.
Main CDC TRAIN website: CDC TRAIN
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