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Capacity Building and Training

Capacity building works to improve the performance and quality of HIV prevention initiatives by increasing the knowledge and skills to implement and sustain science-based, culturally appropriate HIV prevention interventions and strategies. Capacity building assistance (CBA) comes in many forms including: trainings, resource sharing, technical assistance, and professional consultation.

To request capacity building assistance, please contact Doug Outlaw at 803-898-0480 or


Trainings are a major component of capacity building and the STD/HIV Division is committed to providing quality training opportunities for our staff, grantees, contractors, and others who provide STD/HIV services to the citizens of South Carolina. Authorized national, state and local technical assistance providers and DHEC staff provide trainings designed to provide service providers with the necessary skills to deliver services in test decision counseling, behavioral-based prevention interventions, clinic-based activities, and other areas of prevention, care and supportive services.

It is important that all training participants read and agree to the Participant Guidelines and Expectations.

Who Should Attend?

Trainings are open to DHEC staff, DHEC-funded contractors/grantees, health service organizations, AIDS service organizations, alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention and treatment programs, and community health centers unless otherwise indicated. Priority for training slots will be given to DHEC- funded contractors/grantees and health department staff.

Changes to the HIV testing training:

The Fundamentals of Waived Rapid HIV Testing and Prevention Counseling is being replaced by a new CDC intervention, HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings. The Division of STD, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis is currently working with the CDC to have this training provided for our funded CBOs/ASOs and partners throughout the year. To learn more about the new intervention, please click here.

In addition, SC DHEC will no longer be providing the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling training, as this intervention is no longer recommended by the CDC. However, the Division will be offering our funded CBOs/ASOs and partners with other counseling/risk reduction training opportunities in the near future.

Both the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling and the Fundamentals of Waived Rapid HIV Testing and Prevention Counseling trainings, scheduled for the remainder of 2018, have been cancelled. We will provide more information, at a later date, to let you know when the new HIV Testing in Nonclinical Settings training has been scheduled.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Outlaw at

Training Schedule Last Updated: 08/09/2018

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