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Positive Prevention: A Training Course for HIV/AIDS Counselors and Peer Educators

Positive Prevention Counseling: A Training Course for HIV/AIDS Counselors

Publisher: Ministry of Health, Uganda, Strengthening HIV Counsellor Training Project (SCOT), USAID, EngenderHealth/ACQUIRE Project, PEPFAR, CDC

Publish Date: October 2007/April 2010

Duration: 10-12 days

Languages: English

Intended Audience: Experienced HIV/AIDS counselors; clinicians; peer educators


The overall goal of the Positive Prevention program is to increase the production and provision of high quality HIV counseling services to people with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) and their families through the training of service providers in Positive Prevention knowledge and skills. Topics include HIV stigma, counseling techniques, family planning, discordant couples, disclosure, sex and sexuality, and prevention of vertical transmission. The first manual, for counselors, supports a 10 day training program, with 8 days of classroom work and least 2 day of practicum assignments. The second manual, for peer educators, is intended to last 12 days and train people living with HIV to support and provide advice to their peers on health maintenance and HIV prevention.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the first training program, the participants will be able to

  1. Explain the concepts of and rationale for Positive Prevention interventions to PHAs
  2. Discuss the role of positive prevention in reducing HIV/STI transmission in Uganda
  3. Integrate Positive Prevention into routine HIV prevention, care and treatment activities
  4. Support PHAs to adopt and maintain prevention strategies that reduce the transmission of HIV/STI in their communities
  5. Support PHA peer support groups to educate communities about PP
  6. Provide appropriate Family Planning services and products to PHAs as an integral component of Positive Prevention
  7. Collect and use HLMIS data related to PP for managing PP and FP logistics and records
  8. Provide basic facts about HIV/AIDS to peers and refer as appropriate
  9. Support PLHIV to adopt and maintain Positive Prevention

Following completion of the peer education curriculum, participants will be able to

  1. Provide basic information about family planning in a correct and factual manner to PLHIV as appropriate
  2. Support PLHIV to identify ways to cope with challenges associated with HIV and AIDS through sharing lessons and experiences
  3. Collect, document, and share information pertaining to the implementation of Positive Prevention activities in the community for purposes of follow up and further support of PLHIV and their families
  Trainers' ManualParticipants' Manual
Positive Prevention Counselling: A Training Course for HIV/AIDS Counselors14.6 MB PDF20 MB PDF
Positive Prevention: A Training Course for Peer Educators3.5MB PDF3.3MB PDF