Over the past several years, the Division of AIDS (DAIDS), other Institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as groups such as the Institute of Medicine and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, have started to focus on the importance of risk reduction counseling within biomedical HIV treatment and prevention research involving HIV-infected and uninfected people. While most studies currently incorporate counseling, protocols rarely specify how counseling should be performed.
Based on formative data from a training needs assessment, an international working group of experts from the DAIDS Cross-Network Training Working Group, NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and clinical trial sites created an interactive, multimedia training called the HIV Research Counseling and Testing (HRCT). HRCT adapts an evidence-based approach to counseling for use in NIAID-supported clinical research. This skills-based training uses a virtual classroom, simulated counseling scenarios, and helpful resource manuals to engage trial staff members who are both new and experienced in research counseling. The HRCT course is designed to augment local training in an effort to provide high quality counseling in biomedical HIV prevention and treatment research. The HRCT e-Learning course should take approximately eight hours to complete.
For detailed information on this training, a project overview video is provided upon entering this course. The following is a list of modules this training covers:
This curriculum is available through the DAIDS Learning Management System. The project overview video and additional information can be found at DAIDS HIV Research Counseling and Testing Training.
Last Updated December 16, 2010
Last Reviewed July 28, 2010