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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide HIV pre-test information and support 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252403  Provide HIV pre-test information and support 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Phlebotomy Technicians 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
114729  Provide HIV pre-test information and support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for learners who are working within the medical field and are required to collect a sample for HIV testing. Before the client is given the opportunity to grant or withhold consent for the testing, a private and confidential discussion needs to take place in which information regarding HIV and AIDS and the implication of taking the test is shared.

This unit standard does not equip the learner to offer professional counselling to the client. If the need for professional counselling arises, the learner must refer the client to the appropriate professional person.

Qualifying learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of HIV and AIDS on the human body.
  • Explain how HIV is transmitted.
  • Discuss HIV and AIDS and HIV testing with patient/donor.
  • Assist patients/donors to make an informed decision about HIV testing. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competency in:
  • Language and communication skills at or equivalent to NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of HIV and AIDS on the human body. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Describe how the immune system responds to HIV exposure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concept of a window period is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The stages of HIV disease progression are described and health advice relevant to prolonging the onset of AIDS is discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain how HIV is transmitted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The modes of transmission and factors influencing transmission are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sexual, mother to child and blood to blood transmissions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ways of preventing HIV transmission are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fears, myths, stigma and common misunderstandings about the transmission of HIV are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the implications of HIV and AIDS pandemic on infected persons, affected individuals and on our society. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The socio-economic effect of HIV and AIDS on the community is described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Child headed households, availability and cost of drugs. Shortage of skilled workforce.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The organisation's policy on HIV and AIDS is discussed and ways to create a safe and caring workplace are suggested by the learner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant legislation and the Patient's Rights Charter are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct the pre-test HIV information session. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A building of rapport is initiated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The objectives of the pre-test information session including the patient's rights are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The extent of the patient/donor's knowledge of HIV and AIDS is determined and appropriate information provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A risk assessment is conducted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Information about testing, results, implications and preventative risk behaviour is provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    An opportunity is given for the patient/donor to grant or withhold consent. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Professional assistance is engaged when difficulties beyond the skill of the interviewer arise. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider by the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Terminology relevant to HIV and AIDS.
  • National legislation and policies related to HIV and AIDS.
  • Techniques for conducting effective communication in a range of contexts. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when responding to patient/donor queries and to know when to refer the matter for professional help. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively to conduct the pre-test information session with confidence and sensitivity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information on HIV and AIDS and to mediate it to the patient/donor. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to convey pre-test information and to make the patient/donor aware of their rights and responsibilities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that the problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when interacting with patients/donors during the pre-test session. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 114729, "Provide HIV pre-test information and support", Level 4, 3 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59345   Further Education and Training Certificate: Phlebotomy Techniques  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HPCSA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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