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Table 2 Characteristics of the seven VCT researched

From: Institutional context and VCT practitioner narratives: possibilities and limitations for HIV prevention in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sub-region-VCT Year of implementation Team Internal activities (with vulnerable population groups, general population, harm reduction) External activities (with vulnerable population groups, general population, harm reduction) Prevention supplies Tecnological profilea
Sub-region I
 A 1992 4 counselors 1 receptionist Individual counseling Rapid test: HIV, syphilis, HVB, HVC. Client-initiated Testing center for pregnant women and clients with tuberculosis Not reported Male condoms Diagnosis
 B 1995 1 counselor and 1 support counselor 1 nursing technician Individual and group counseling Rapid test: HIV, syphilis, HVB, HVC. Client-initiated Testing center for pregnant women and TB Not reported Male condoms Diagnosis
Sub-region II
 C 1992 5 counselors 2 receptionists Individual and group counseling Conventional test: HIV, syphilis, HVB, HVC HIV rapid test Client-initiated Intervention with sex workers Male and female condoms Care and Prevention
 D 1995 3 counselors 4 receptionists Individual counseling Conventional test: HIV. Occasional offer tests for syphilis, HVB and HVC Client-initiated School interventions Male and female condom Diagnosis
Sub-region III
 E 1993 1 counselor and 1 more for support Individual counseling Conventional test: HIV, syphilis, HVB, HVC Client-initiated Intervention with harm reduction program for drug users Male and female condom Diagnosis
Sub-region IV
 F No date 12 counselors 4 receptionists Individual and group counseling Conventional and rapid test: HIV, syphilis, HVB, HVC Client-initiated Mobile VCT service   Care and Prevention
Sub-region V
 H 1992 2 counselors 1 receptionist Individual counseling Conventional and rapid test: HIV, syphilis, HVB, HVC Client-initiated Educational actions with regional businesses and schools Male condoms Diagnosis
  1. aAccording to the Brazilian VCT diagnostic study (Brazilian Ministry of Health 2008) each service could have four distinct technological profiles (Prevention, Care and prevention, Diagnosis, and Care)