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Q. 14 How can a person find out his/her HIV status?
Ans. Ø   The HIV status of a person can be known through blood test.
Ø   The most commonly available test is ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay) and the Western Blot, a confirmatory test is usually done after ELISA.
Ø   The testing facilities are available both in private and govt. medical set-up.
Ø   Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing Centres (VCCTC) are set up in Government Hospitals where HIV testing is accompanied by pre and post test counseling at a nominal fee of Rs. 10/-

v   As per the policy of Government of India;

-          HIV test should be voluntary;
-          Test result should be kept confidential; and
-          Testing should be done along with pre and post test counseling.