Hiv Pretest Discussion

The following guidance is compliant with good practice recommendations and guidelines published by the Department of Health (DH), the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the British Association of HIV and Aids (BHIVA) and the Society for Sexual Health Advisors (SSHA).

The HIV pre-test discussion has four main functions. The first of these is to assess an individual's previous and current/ongoing risk of acquiring HIV. It can also function as a platform to educate sexually active people about their level of risk in order to avoid only future acquisition of HIV. Moreover, it can help to manage the psychological anxieties arising from the fear and knowledge of HIV. In addition, it can also normalise the process of HIV testing within the context of a sexual health screen, thereby reducing the stigma associated with HIV testing and HIV-positive people.

There are two main elements that make up the HIV pre-test discussion. They can be broken down into the clinician's assessment of risk, and the procedures undertaken while conducting the interview.

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