THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Independence– Freedom – Happiness
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No. 06/2012/TT-BYT
Hanoi, April 20, 2012
 
CIRCULAR
STIPULATING ON CONDITIONS OF ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATIONAL CONTENT FOR HIV/AIDS PREVENTION AND CONTROL COUNSELING ORGANIZATIONS
 
Pursuant to clause 3, Article 22 of Law on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, of June 29, 2006;
Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 188/2007/ND-CP, of December 27, 2007 defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Health;
At the request of the Director of the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control;
The Minister of Health stipulates on conditions of establishment and operational content for HIV/AIDS prevention and control counseling organizations as follows:
SECTION 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1. The scope of adjustment
1. This Circular stipulates on:
a) Conditions of establishment, including provisions on personnel, material facilities and equipments for organizations implementing HIV/AIDS prevention and control advisory (hereinafter abbreviated as counseling organizations) and procedures for notification of being eligible to implement counseling operations on HIV/AIDS prevention and control;
b) The content of HIV/AIDS prevention and control counselling;
2. This Circular does not apply to voluntary HIV counseling and testing specified in the Decision No. 647/QD-BYT, of February 22, 2007, of the Minister of Health and other HIV/AIDS prevention and control counseling operations  supplied by health facilities as prescribed in clause 2, Article 22 of Law on HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
Article 2. Operational principles of the counseling organizations
1. The counseling shall only implement in the scope of operational content, being appropriate to the operational method of counseling organizations specified in this Circular.
2. The counseling content must be appropriate to professional regulations and laws on HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
3. To ensure confidentiality for information relating to the counseled. 
4. To execute referring the counseled to appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support services and other social and psychological services when the counseled requests.
SECTION 2. CONDITIONS OF ESTABLISHMENT AND PROCEDURES FOR NOTIFICATION OF OPERATION FOR HIV/AIDS PREVENTION AND CONTROL COUNSELING ORGANIZATIONS
Article 3. Conditions of establishment for HIV/AIDS prevention and control counseling organizations
1. Conditions on personnel:
a) Having at least a specialized and responsible officer. If the counseling organizations employ part-time laborer, they must register specific working time;