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Couples Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing for Men Who Have Sex With Men

September 2011

Couples Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing (CVCT) is a new HIV prevention intervention for men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S.1 CVCT is notable for several reasons: it addresses a critical deficit in HIV prevention interventions for MSM;2 it is responsive to recent data which suggest that addressing male couples may be a high-leverage approach for reducing HIV transmissions;3 and it offers an opportunity for American prevention scientists to learn from and expand upon the experiences and successes of previous models of CVCT developed in Africa.


CVCT is an HIV testing service in which two members of a couple receive all phases of the HIV counseling and testing process -- pre-test counseling, collection of specimens, return of test results, and post-test counseling -- together, in the same room. The original CVCT intervention was developed in Rwanda in the late 1980s by Dr. Susan Allen.

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