Find out your status

2009-12-01 14:34

  • GOVERNMENT clinics and hospitals

    provide free HIV tests and treatment.

  • Many non-governmental organisations

    provide free or subsidised tests and treatment, such as, a

    very efficient private clinic in downtown Johannesburg where tests cost about

    R65 and standard treatment R400 a month. Call 0860-IMPILO (0860?467456)

  • All private doctors and laboratories

    can do a test for about R100, excluding the doctor’s consultation fee. Check if

    you medical aid has an HIV-management plan and use the benefits proactively to

    manage your health, before treatment becomes necessary.

  • To find the best, closest option for

    testing and treatment, call the HIV Clinicians Society at 011?341?0162 or email 0860?448?911 will also provide a wide-ranging list of


  • The standard rapid HIV test takes

    about 20 minutes – most places will do two tests to confirm the result. Pre- and

    post test counselling is crucial. Trained counsellors will help to process the

    result and what it means – whether it’s positive or negative.

  • An HIV-positive result will be

    followed up with another test to determine how far the infection has progressed.

    Then the counsellor and doctor will work with the patient to work out an

    HIV-management strategy.

  • The sooner you are tested the greater

    the chance that treatment will work well. Antiretroviral (ARVs) medication will

    become necessary later as HIV progresses. ARVs are miracle drugs that improve

    quality of life and prolong life.

  • Before ARVs become necessary there is a lot that can be done to

    manage HIV and stay healthy for as long as possible.

  • It’s only human to feel shock at an

    HIV-positive result. If you aren’t ready to talk about it to loved ones, call

    Lifeline at 0861 322 322 where trained counsellors can help you move forward.


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