HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) is now referred to HIV Testing Services to embrace a range of services that should be provided together with HIV testing. Responding to HIV and AIDS is one of the most important tasks in South Africa, which is why the prevention of new HIV infections and treatment and care of HIV-infected people are one of the South African government’s top priorities. It is critical to identify HIV infection in people before they develop an AIDS defining disease. And if HIV positive, on-going counselling becomes the mandatory cornerstone in the long- term medical management of HIV/AIDS. Advanced – level HIV/AIDS counselling and testing has become a healthcare discipline. A healthcare provider’s skills play an integral and continuous role in the HIV/ AIDS medical management team.

Who Should Enrol

All Health Care Workers

Learning Outcomes

On achieving this course, a learner will be able to:

  • Define HIV infection, the mode of transmission, disease progression and treatment options within the broader context of the role of HTS in the overall management of the epidemic.
  • Demonstrate the communication skills necessary within the framework of counselling and testing.
  • Explain the process of pre- and post-test counselling, apply informed consent principles and be able to perform the testing for HIV.
  • Explain the difference between abnormal psycho-sexual behaviour and HIV infection.
  • Explain the prerequisites of the South African legal framework and HIV within the scope of counselling and testing for HIV.
  • Advise pregnant women on all the options available to them in terms of prevention during pregnancy and feeding of their infant after birth.
  • Describe the management and treatment options for ART and how adherence links to better treatment outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the correct use of condoms and explain how the use of condoms is effective in prevention of HIV infection.

Course Design

This is an eLearning course.

Course Content

The following modules are included in this short course:

1.Introduction to HIV/AIDS

2.Counselling and communication skills

3.Pre- and post-test counselling

4. Psychosexual issues in HIV counselling and testing

5.Legal and ethical issues

6. Mother-to-Child Transmission

7. Antiretroviral Treatment (ART)

8. Condomisation



Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire for which a pass mark of 50% is required.


FPD will award successful participants with a certificate on completion of this course should they successfully complete the assessment process.


For more information or to register, please contact

FPD Nursing Education Unit


Tel: 012 110 4080/ 087 821 1109


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This is an eLearning course consisting of self-study and assessment. Participants have 3 months from date of registration for the completion of this course.