SOURCE's HIV Counseling and Testing Program
HIV Counseling and Testing Program suspended for 2020-21
Due to COVID-19, the HIV Counseling and Testing Program is paused until further notice. Read the information below to learn more about how the program normally operates.
HIV Counseling and Testing Program Information (2019-2020)
How Do I Apply?
Applicants must first review the Participation Requirements (in pdf format).
If you are able to commit to participation requirements, and if you are available for all required training dates and times, you may then fill out the online application by the due date. Please note: the last few questions on the application require you to complete several short essay questions. Responses to the essays will be used to evaluate candidates for the program.
Students selected to go through the HIV Counseling and Testing Program will serve as HIV Counselors at one of four participating community clinics:
- STAR (Sisters Together And Reaching)
- Harriet Lane Clinic
- Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department
- Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.
There will be 10 students per site, including a student leader, except for one site which will have five students. Students undergo training to become certified HIV Counselors in Maryland, participate in orientations and site-specific training, and are required to volunteer for three- or four-hour shifts at least twice per month at STAR and BCRI, and at least once a week at Harriet Lane and Hopkins Emergency Department. Also, to help support students in the program, build community among the volunteers, and create a rich service-learning environment, student volunteer counselors will be required to participate in quarterly discussion groups and reflection activities.
All applicants must be able to participate in the entire two-day training series to become certified. Please note: these are the only times the training is able to be offered. If you cannot participate in these dates/times, please do not apply to the program.
- All students selected to participate are required to pay $25 to assist with the training costs for the program.
How are the four testing sites different?
STAR services will be on a mobile unit, driving to various community locations (including hard to reach populations, college campus, health fairs). The Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department program is administered bedside in an emergency department setting and attempts to identify as many unknown positives to care as possible. Harriet Lane Clinic, located on the East Baltimore Campus of Johns Hopkins, primarily serves adolescent youth ages 11-25 in a clinic setting and is heavily focused on sexual health counseling. Students working with Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. will serve clients on BCRI's Crisis Residential Unit and detoxification unit, which are inpatient units for clients experiencing mental health crises or substance use disorders.
How in-depth is the counseling?
The depth of the counseling portion varies from client to client and site to site. The volunteer will be expected to ask about clients sexual health practices and to promote healthy lifestyles. The training consists of a lot of information about counseling because volunteers should be prepared for multiple scenarios.
What happens if someone is positive?
Volunteers do not provide referrals or post-testing counseling. If someone is positive, then volunteers follow the protocol at each site of alerting a licensed practitioner who then handles those cases.
How many people will I test in a given shift?
This will vary by many factors including site and time of day.
How accessible are the sites to travel to without a vehicle?
Please refer to the Program Requirements for more information about each site's location and accessibility.
Still Have Questions?
Please contact SOURCE at 410-955-3880 or SOURCE@jhu.edu.