On December 10-11, a training on "Counseling and testing for HIV with the use of rapid multitests in the Armed Forces of Ukraine" for teachers and cadets of the National Military Medical Academy took place on the territory of the hotel complex "Pushcha-Lisova".
The event was organized by the NGO "Institute of HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis" within the program "HIV Prevention in the Armed Forces of Ukraine: testing and counseling, reducing the risk of infection on the battlefield" with the technical support of PEPFAR.
The purpose of the training, which was attended by 17 people, was to determine the level of knowledge of servicemen about the organization and conduct of training, as well as gender aspects of HIV infection; acquainting participants with the basic principles of training for servicemen on HIV counseling; improving counseling and testing skills through practice.
During the event, participants learned to organize and conduct trainings, got acquainted with the requirements for the trainer, as well as trained to conduct practical exercises. In particular, participants trained to make presentations on pre- and post-test counseling, the rights and responsibilities of HIV-infected people, stigma and discrimination, and so on.
With the acquired knowledge, the participants of the training will be able to disseminate the received information and train others, which will contribute to the further fight against the spread of HIV infection in Ukraine.