UNICEF and Ministry of Health and Medical Education Held Workshop on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care among Young People

29 December 2021

Psychologists and counselors of Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) centers from eight universities of medical sciences, participated in a consultative and training workshop on HIV/AIDS prevention and care among young people organized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education with UNICEF support from 26 to 28 December 2021.

The first two days of the workshop aimed to increase the counselors’ knowledge and skills on new approaches in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care among young people and included Motivational Interviewing, Provider-Initiated HIV Testing, Disclosing Counseling and effective counseling for young people.

On the third day of the workshop, with participation of HIV/AIDS focal points from eight universities of medical sciences (Alborz, Fars, Iran, Kermanshah, Kouzestan, Loretan, Shahid Beheshti and Tehran) all lessons learned from previous projects, possible barriers, obstacles, challenges, and needs for integration of adolescent HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes into the VCT centers were discussed, and an outline of a future plan for adolescents was reviewed.

Through joint programmes, UNICEF supports the Ministry of Health and Medical Education to explore, plan, and utilize all possible potential to enhance the capacities of VCT centers in order to provide quality and effective HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and cares services for HIV/AIDS infected and affected adolescents, youth and their families.

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