HIV Testing and Counselling

In Swaziland, HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) is both provider and client initiated. One hundred and nineteen (119) facilities were offering HTC out of 162 health facilities. Services include testing and counseling for PMTCT, and HIV testing for survivors of sexual violence. HTC Services are offered through free standing centers, VCT and Outreach HTC services. While HTC is not a preventive strategy, it is an important entry point for HIV prevention. Knowing one’s status helps people to make informed decisions and choices on their sexuality. A key strategy that has worked is couples counseling. Promoting couples testing and counseling makes it possible to identify the long-term sexual partners of HIV positive persons and then empower them with the information and education they need to make informed decisions about their sexual and other practices to avoid re-infection, or infecting their partners.