C) After the test Notifying the test result In order to respect confidentiality, policies and regulatory frameworks emphasize that the result of HIV testing should always be given to the person being tested. It is the person’s decision to share this result with others 29 . In some countries, the law states that the result of the test must be notified only through an individual interview even if the client asks to be accompanied by another person. In the same way, the document giving evidence of the result must be delivered personally to the client. After announcing the result, it is important that the speaker creates a space for the client to express his/her feelings regarding the result (negative or positive. Whether oral and / or written, the test result must be accompanied by some information. This information will vary depending on the positive or negative outcome. In CBVCT centres, special attention should be given to the comprehension of the result and should, if possible, be expressed in the language and culture of the client. When CBVCT staff consider that conditions for confidentiality and quality of referral to care are not met in some venues (like bathhouses, squats, public spaces, etc, they can choose not to deliver the results in those spaces and ask the clients to come and get them at their main office. 28 Implementation of Community-Based Voluntary Counselling and Testing (CBVCT) Programs and Services. COBATEST- Quality report 29 Rapid HIV Tests Guidelines for use in HIV Testing and counselling services in resource-constrained settings. WHO. 2004 Genève.
41 Whether the result is negative or positive (but especially if it is positive, the post-test counselling should be used as an opportunity to encourage the client to invite partners to access HIV counselling and testing also.