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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)