AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 841–847 | Cite as

Technical Assistance Needs for Successful Implementation of Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC) Intervention for Male Couples at US HIV Testing Sites

  • Rob StephensonEmail author
  • Kristina L. Grabbe
  • Turquoise Sidibe
  • Anthony McWilliams
  • Patrick S. Sullivan
Original Paper


The African couples HIV testing and counseling (CHTC) model, which focuses on heterosexual couples, was adapted for same-sex male couples in the US. This paper presents the results of a follow-up survey conducted with representatives of the agencies that received CHTC training. The paper aims to understand the post-training implementation and identify critical technical assistance gaps. There are clear needs for continual learning opportunities, focused on the key skills required for CHTC, and for resources aimed at tackling agency-level concerns about service provision and integration. Central to this is the need for implementation science research that can identify the messages that are effective in encouraging couples to utilize CHTC and test models of service integration.


HIV testing Couples Technical assistance Counseling Same-sex 



The findings and conclusions in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob Stephenson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristina L. Grabbe
    • 2
  • Turquoise Sidibe
    • 2
  • Anthony McWilliams
    • 3
  • Patrick S. Sullivan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences & The Center for Sexuality and Health DisparitiesUniversity of Michigan School of NursingAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Division of HIV/AIDS PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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