Integrating the Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo Test

Integrating the Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo Test

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This is a one day training from 9am to 6pm. 

The overall purpose of this training is to ensure high standards of care for HIV testing and prevention services at California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS (OA)-funded testing programs. This standard includes providing accurate, current HIV status information to clients. To implement this standard, OA requires certified HIV test counselors to meet a specified standard of proficiency in running and reading both the OraQuick ADVANCE HIV 1/2 and HCV Antibody Rapid Tests and collecting an adequate blood sample via fingerstick. As of 2015, OA will require additional proficiency training for sites integrating the Alere Determine test. This training ensures that HIV test counselors can adequately explain to their clients the new testing technology, its window period, and its capacity to diagnose HIV infection during the acute infection stage; communicate key messages to the client about acute HIV infection; be proficient in performing the Alere Determine test and interpreting its results; and be proficient in collecting an adequate blood sample via fingerstick (note that the sample size necessary for the Alere Determine test is ten times that required for OraQuick tests.

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