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School of Clinical Care Sciences


ABSTRACT: Human immunodeficiency virus counselling and testing (HCT) is a cornerstone of early access to prevention, as well as to care and support services. According to the Centeres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in the United States, the need for HCT is making increasing demands on professional nurses as HIV infection rates continue to rise, and countries recognise the need for their citizens to know their HIV status as a method of prevention and intervention. For those clients who are HIV positive, the development of affordable interventions to reduce HIV associated infections is important.

The purpose of the study will be to investigate how professional nurses cope emotionally with providing HCT services on a long-term basis. The results will be used to develop a supportive programme to help nurses to cope with their day-to-day working conditions.

A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive, contextual study will be conducted to develop a supportive  programme for providing emotional support for nurses and to assist them in coping with the challenges of long-term HCT work. The research will be conducted in two phases. Phase one will be the empirical study which will entail a description of the research population, sampling, data collection and data analysis. The findings will be used in Phase two to develop a conceptual framework for the development of a programme for nurses performing HCT at PHC clinics.