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Core Elements & Fact Sheet

About Testing Together

Testing Together (TT), previously known as Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC), is a public health strategy that occurs when two or more persons who are in or planning to be in a sexual relationship receive HIV testing services together (including their HIV test results). This service facilitates communication and disclosure of HIV status. It also supports linkage to HIV medical care, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and/or other appropriate services.

Intervention/Strategy Core Elements*:

  • Introduce Testing Together and Obtain Concurrence.
  • Prepare for and Conduct Rapid HIV Test.
  • Explore Couple's Relationship.
  • Discuss HIV Risk Concerns and Reasons for Seeking Testing Together.
  • Discuss the Couple’s Agreement.
  • Provide Initial Results and Follow Protocol for Confirmatory Testing.
  • Develop Care, Treatment, Prevention Plan Based on Results.
  • Refer and Link with Medical Care, Social and Behavioral Services.
*Core elements are the characteristics of an individual intervention presumed to be responsible for the efficacy of the intervention.

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