South Africa’s National Health Department has released the National HIV Counselling and Testing Policy Guidelines, 2015, reports Health-e. Released in May 2015, the 52-page guidelines covers subjects like human rights, informed consent as well as self testing. The guidelines draw on lessons learned during South Africa’s 2010 large-scale HIV counseling and testing drive, which tested 13m people in 18 months but did not increase the number of people in HIV care or on treatment, according to the document. The guidelines therefore cover the provision of HCT in different settings, to different populations, as well as strengthening couples and children’s HCT.
This document is intended for clinical and non-clinical HCT service providers. The policy notes that guidelines should be used by all service providers in both private and public health facilities.