What happens during a HIV test?

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  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.