Difference Between HIV Test And VCT Test?
want to ask between the two tests is there any difference and to do the test what will be charged?
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your confusion. VCT or Voluntary Counseling and Testing, is a series of programs to help prevent, treat and treat HIV / AIDS sufferers. This program is usually provided by a particular puskesmas, hospital or clinic and not all health care facilities have it. One part of this VCT is an HIV test, because it is not possible to diagnose and provide treatment and counseling to people with HIV if they are not tested for HIV first.
Therefore regarding your question, HIV testing is part of VCT, and the difference is, if you only do an HIV test, you will not get counseling and treatment services as if you were undergoing VCT. For example, a certain medical laboratory might provide HIV testing services, but because it is not a VCT program, you will only be tested and then the test results will be either positive or negative, and that will end there. If you take VCT, there will be pre-test counseling, HIV testing, and post-test counseling stages, as well as the treatment itself.
To find out which health service facilities provide VCT, you can find out via the internet, or ask the nearest parent health center. As for the costs, it would be better if you ask directly at the place where you will do the test. So, hopefully answering your question.