VMMC includes HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) of patients before undergoing the surgical procedure. HIV testing remains a crucial part of the HIV prevention package and the current 90-90-90 programme. This course is therefore, designed to provide counsellors and individuals who are interested in counselling with the basic knowledge and skills for HIV testing and counselling as part of the VMMC or 90-90-90 programmes.

Applicant profile

The required minimum criteria for applicants

  • Grade 12 or a Basic Counselling certificate is a recommended requirement for attendance
  • Willingness and ability to apply course knowledge in current work situation and future care.

Course duration: 10 days


The following topics are covered in the theory sessions:

Module 1

Facts about HIV and AIDS

Module 2

Counselling Skills

Module 3

Principles of counselling and testing services

Module 4

Pre and post-test counselling including PREP and PEP

Module 5

HIV rapid testing (HRT)

Module 6

Provide ongoing counselling and support to individuals infected or affected by HIV and AIDS (National HTS policy and Guidelines)

Module 7

Issues on death of a spouse, parent or caregiver

The course material includes a CHAPS HTS Counselling learner guide, pre and post-course tests, HTS Guidelines, competency report form, client log sheet and feedback/evaluation form.

Competency will be assessed based on the number of clients counselled and tested, the ability to provide good HIV counselling and testing sessions and trainees deemed competent will be certified.

2.1. INSTI training


  • HIV Screening test that reacts within 60 seconds
  • Note that this is the *ONLY* HIV rapid test that reacts in 60 seconds
  • It is WHO and US FDA approved

Course content 

  • Uses of INSTI
  • How INSTI can help with productivity in a health facility
  • How to use INSTI