What happens during a HIV test?

  1. A lay counsellor will give you information about HIV.
  2. The lay counsellor will ask you to sign a form which says that you have agreed to be tested.
  3. Either a nurse or the lay counsellor will prick your finger to draw a drop of blood.
  4. The drop of blood is put on a test strip.
  5. The lay counsellor will ask you questions to find out whether you may have TB or a sexually-transmitted infection.
  6. After 15 minutes, the test result is known and you will be informed of your status.
  7. Whatever your status, the lay counsellor will counsel you on what your options are and help you make plans for your future.

How can I protect myself from HIV?

  • Delay having sex until you are at an age where you feel ready.
  • Reduce your number of sexual partners or only have one partner.
  • Protect yourself and your partners by using a condom every time you have sex.
  • Don’t share needles, razor blades or toothbrushes
  • Wear gloves when dealing with wounds.
  • Get circumcised, if you are an HIV-negative male. You must still wear a condom.