PROJECT: Piloting an interactive netbook based interface to augment post-test counseling and prevention with HIV positive clients.
Pre and post-test counseling is a concern in resource constrained clinical settings where HIV testing is a small component of a myriad of clinical services offered. In foreign defense force medical centers, structural issues such as understaffed medical teams and limited resources may inhibit the adequate provision of post-test counseling. Post-testing counseling is a critical period in which to address prevention for test subjects, and can unfortunately become compromised by structural and organizational strains on personnel time. In this project, we develop and utilize a method to provide improved post-test counseling and improved prevention with HIV positive patients using current technology available to the Belize Defense Force (BDF) in the context of structural and resource constraints. We are currently developing an interactive, netbook-based interface (INBI) to augment post-test counseling and prevention with positives (PWP). This endeavor will entail BDF medical staff training as well as a research-based assessment of the proposed interface. Finally, we are assessing this pilot endeavor to determine both feasibility and domains of change following exposure to the INBI.