Why is it important to have a HIV test?
Having the HIV test it means that you are taking the responsibility for yourself.
It is the only way to know if you are HIV positive or not.
You need to know how to protect your health. Then you can stay healthy for longer.
You also need to know how to protect other people from becoming HIV positive.
It is your right to get a pre-test counseling. It is also your right to get a post-test counseling, even if your test results are negative.
HAVING THE HIV TEST
It is important to speak to a counselor or to a health worker about having a test. They can help by answering any question you may have about HIV and AIDS, and about the test.
The counselor or the health worker knows that you may be afraid and worried. They will give you support, and help you prepare for the results of the test. This is called pre-test counseling.
Some people may choose to take a friend or someone they trust with them. This person can give them support and care before and after test. You will need to talk to a counselor or a health worker when you go and get your test result. They will discuss the results with you, and what this means. This is called post-test counseling.