Early diagnosis enables patients to make more informed decisions about their health and allows them to manage their illness more effectively. They are also able to access treatment earlier and could seek further counselling and support where needed.
Anova offers HCT at all of its projects. The project teams also frequently initiate HCT drives in their communities and are often invited to offer their services at other community events.
A counsellor would usually use the opportunity to share information regarding sexual health with all patients, regardless of their status. Where test results are positive, the counsellor will also need to support the patient through a potentially very traumatic experience.
In order to ensure counsellors are given all the tools they may need to provide an effective and efficient service, Anova supports counsellor training in a number of ways.
Effectively conducting an HCT session requires skill on the part of the counsellor.