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HIV Counseling and Education: Provider Best Practices for HIV Testing


Published Date: 05/04/2023

Expiration Date: 03/27/2026

CE Credit: CME:1CNE: 1


This course will provide an overview of HIV testing and counseling best practices for clinicians. HIV testing and counseling are critical gateways to further services and are essential for effective HIV prevention and treatment programs. It will review how to best deliver test results, post-test counseling, and referral to prevention and treatment services. Finally, the course will explain how to incorporate a Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach to the HIV testing and counseling process, which can improve provider-patient relationships and overall health outcomes.


Cynthia Cabral,PhD

Cynthia Cabral, Ph.D. (pronouns: she/they) is a licensed clinical psychologist and just accepted a position as Network Director of Mental Health for DREAM. Previously, Dr. Cabral served as the Clinical Director at PRIDE(Promoting Resilience, Intersectionality, Diversity, and Equity) Research Consortium affiliated with Hunter College, where she provided clinical supervisory support for research focused on reducing HIV transmission and risky sexual behavior with at risk populations such as men who have sex with men and trans young adults. Dr. Cabral received her doctoral degree from St. John’s University, where her research fellowship focused on the assessment and treatment of trauma in racial/ethnic minority communities throughout Western Queens. She has provided clinical treatment to adolescents in day treatment settings with substance use and mental health disorders, adolescent survivors of physical and sexual abuse, and students in school-based settings with a variety of mental health concerns using evidence-based, trauma-informed, and culturally competent treatment interventions. In doing so, Dr. Cabral has developed expertise in trauma-informed care and an understanding of the relationship between identity development, trauma, and health outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify best practices for HIV pre and post-testing procedures, including informed consent and HIV testing education.
  • Review best practices for delivering HIV test results.
  • Discuss how to best incorporate Motivational Interviewing techniques throughout the HIV testing and counseling process to facilitate access to prevention or treatment services.

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