WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE AN HIV TEST?
If you test positive:
- You can take the treatment and live a long healthy and productive life.
- You can take precautions and protect your partner/spouse
- You can continue to work and achieve your career goals.
- You can have children who will not be born with HIV.
If you test negative:
- You stop worrying but be careful to stay free of HIV.
Over 18 million people living with HIV are taking anti-retroviral treatment and living a healthy life!
- HIV infection goes unnoticed for years as there are no immediate and exclusive symptoms.
- You don’t have to be sick to have an HIV test.
Actress Kavi Ladnier tells Seema’s story, who learned the importance of early #HIV testing after her son became ill: http://bit.ly/29P5lpx
Actress Ratidyo Mambo tells the real-life story of a woman forced to reveal her #HIV status at work: http://bit.ly/29P5tW8
Actor Junes Zahdi tells the story of Khaled, who became an outcast from his community because of #HIV: http://bit.ly/29vaViZ
Olympic Gold Medallist @greglouganis calls for an end to HIV-related discrimination at work. http://bit.ly/29xM9u8
Actress Mariana Renata joins forces w/ @ILO in promoting voluntary HIV counselling & testing for workers: http://bit.ly/29EQxxd
Is HIV testing confidential?
Yes. No one will know the result except you. In some hospitals, they use a code (not your real name) so that no one can connect a result to you. There are professionals and trusted health workers at the testing centres who can help you with all your concerns. Feel free to speak to them confidentially.
According to the ILO Recommendation on HIV and AIDS and the world of work, confidentiality with regards to HIV status must be maintained in workplaces. And, there should be no discrimination on grounds of real or perceived HIV status.
What are the guidelines in Ghana?
The NATIONAL HIV and AIDS, STI POLICY 2013 prohibits “Mandatory testing or compulsory testing and treatment”. This policy is complemented by the Ghana National Policy on HIV at the workplace 2012 which prohibits pre-employment testing, including: “indirect HIV screening or the asking of questions about tests already taken” and states that “confidential voluntary testing and counselling should however be encouraged”.
Click here for the list of centres and health facilities where you can get tested in Ghana
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