Perspectives: Testing for Couples

In several locations throughout the United States, couples can now receive HIV antibody counseling and testing together. What makes “couples” test counseling different is that couples in some locations can now receive their pre- and post-test counseling—including their test results—in the same room, at the same time.

This issue of PERSPECTIVES explores the evidence for couples counseling and testing—why it is effective and how it is being adapted for gay male couples in the United States. It will also discuss the skills required of the couples test counselor, the advantages of counseling couples together, and ways to avoid the potential pitfalls of a joint session.

Perspectives: Counseling and Testing for Couples