Learning Objectives

  • Provide a simple explanation on how HIV and syphilis serological tests work
  • Outline the competencies needed to accurately perform HIV & Syphilis rapid testing
  • Explain how error can be avoided or detected before, during and after testing 
  • Differentiate between a document and a record
  • Develop and use standardised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Store documents and records appropriately and safely
  • Troubleshoot common problems associated with invalid test results 
  • Use external quality controls according to stated procedures 
  • Explain the importance of participating in EQA programmes  
  • Recognise key factors that may affect the quality and safety of HIV and Syphilis rapid testing
  • Monitor the testing site environmental conditions e.g temperature and humidity
  • Maintain a clean and organised workspace
  • Dispose of rapid testing site waste according to standard
  • Take appropriate action if spills or accidents occur 
  • Discuss the key components of an efficient inventory system for rapid testing sites
  • Explain why professional ethical practices are important in an HIV and syphilis rapid testing site 
  • Take appropriate action to maintain client confidentiality