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HIV Testing
 
发布日期:2012-11-13 12:39:42

Beijing CDC HIV Testing and Counseling Center Services for Foreigners

Address: Dongchengqu hepinglizhong jie 16 hao

MAP:http://goo.gl/maps/4fmVz

1. Introduction:

The HIV Testing and Counseling Center operates under the Center for Disease Prevention and Control Center-HIV and AIDS and was established in 2003..

Counseling and Testing Center's Second Floor

-Provides free HIV testing services for MSM (men who have sex with men)

-Second Floor Office Hours: Monday through Friday and Sunday 9:00-11:30 am and 1:30-4:00 pm (Note: working hours are subject to change, if you would like to be tested, please contact the office at 13439138405 or 010-64407248 or by e-mail: gettestedinbeijing@gmail.com)

2. Testing Process

Second Floor:

a.Pre-test counseling

b.Administration of blood test

c.Within 10 minutes, test results available

Optional: Sending results by mobile phone text messages. Hard copy of test results also available.

 

3. Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q: I don't speak Chinese. Can I still get tested?

A: Yes. This program is specifically designed for foreigners who are looking to get tested for HIV and talk about HIV and safe sex behaviors in an English speaking environment. English office hours will be held every Sunday between the hours 9 and 5 pm. English speaking office staff will be able to assist you and answer your questions. Additionally, on Sundays, a native English speaker can assist you through the testing process. You can e-mail gettestedinbeijing@gmail.com with a date and time (between the hours 9 am-5 pm) you would like to get tested. Please e-mail at least 24 hours in advance and wait for confirmation.

2. Should I go to the first floor or the second floor to get tested?

A: The second floor office provides testing specifically for MSM (men who have sex with men). Any MSM who would like to get tested for HIV can do so on the second floor. Rapid HIV tests are only available on the second floor. For all others looking for HIV testing, the first floor provides free standard HIV tests.

3. Q: Will my privacy be protected throughout the testing process?

A: Yes. The CDC is a government institution that seeks to manage disease control and provide public health management and services. Therefore, disease control staff must comply with government laws and regulations, which includes protecting the confidentiality of all patient information.

4. Q: Is there risk of infection by giving a blood sample for an HIV test?

A: NO.With each administered test, sterilized, disposable utensils are used to meet hygiene standards, leaving no risk of becoming infected through the testing process.

5. Q:  Is my test result accurate? Why are the test results not immediately available?

A: There are no false negatives due to the test's high sensitivity to HIV antibodies. Positive results have a 98% accuracy reading. In the event of a positive test, you will be asked to return to our office for a confirmatory test.

The second floor provides results for MSM (men who have sex with men) in 10 minutes through rapid testing, For the HIV test, the Beijing CDC and the Laboratory of STD and AIDS Prevention are the only offices that manage confirmatory result. Due to the large number of tests, it is not possible to immediately give instant confirmatory results. In general, clients who are tested before 11:00 am on Tuesdays will have their results by Friday. If tested after 11:00 am on Tuesday, the results will be prepared by the following Friday.

6. Q: What is the window period? How long is it?

A: The “window period” is the period of time between the moment the HIV/AIDS virus enters the body and when the body begins to produce HIV antibodies. HIV tests do not test for the HIV virus itself, but rather HIV antibodies produced to fight the infection. If tested within the window period, a person who is HIV positive may receive a negative result because their body has not begun to produce the HIV antibodies. The window period varies from person to person. In general, HIV antibodies can be detected in HIV positive people after 3-6 months of initial exposure. In order to the ensure accuracy of HIV status, we recommend getting tested three months after high-risk behavior.

7. Q: Is there anything I should know before/after giving blood?

A: a) Eating before test does not affect results.

     b) After you give a blood sample, apply pressure to your fingertip for 5 minutes. Some will experience bruising on the fingertip after giving blood. This is not unusual. Apply pressure to the bruised area for 15 minutes and 24 hours later, apply a warm, wet towel to the affected area. This will help alleviate bruising symptoms.

8. Q: In the event of a positive HIV result, what should I do?

A: a) Our office will provide you with infection consulting services that include but are not limited to exploring health care options for HIV positive people under different insurance plans, what kind of services the Chinese government can provide and counseling options. Our office is committed to supporting HIV positive patients in every possible way.

     b) Will provide free CD4 (T-Cells) testing services.

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