All the rapid test kits used for VCT service are produced by approved laboratories recognized by the world Health Organization (WHO) as reliable tools for HIV antibody rapid testing. For example, in HIV antibody test the accuracy rate is 100% for negative result before window period and 99.75% for positive result; 100% accuracy rate for both negative and positive in syphilis antibody test while 99% accuracy rate for negative result and 98.6% for positive result in HCV antibody test; and 99.95% accuracy rate for positive result and 95.16% accuracy rate for negative result in HBV antibody test.
The VCT service provided by Mercury III is totally free of charge.
The result tell you whether you have infected with HIV, HBV, HCV (3 months before testing) and Syphilis (6 weeks before testing). If you have engaged in risky behaviours between this period of time, you should wait for extra 3 months (for HIV, HBV and HCV test) or 6 weeks (for Syphilis test) after that episode to get tested again.
Meanwhile, use condom every time when you have sex and stop needle sharing (for injecting drug users) to make sure that the test result is accurate in next testing.
A window period is the time between initial infection and a positive test result occurence. The window period of HIV antibody test is 3 months, while the window period of syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are 6 weeks and 3 months respectively. During the window period, an infected person can transmit the virus even though the antibody test gives a negative result.
To protect your privacy and confidentiality, all the process of VCT, including the test result and content of discussion during counselling will be conducted in anonymous (no name required) manner.
In short, we will try our best to keep you safe and supported.