- HIV TEST
The Women’s Commission was established by the Government in January 2001 as a high-level central mechanism. Appointed by the Chief Executive of the HKSARG, the Commission is tasked to take a strategic overview over women’s issues, develop a long-term vision and strategy for the development and advancement of women, and advise the Government on policies and initiatives which are of concern to women. It also plays the strategic roles of championing women’s causes, inspiring and catalysing change, and mobilising community resources.
Most people with HIV have no symptoms or signs, therefore one cannot tell from appearance whether a person has the virus or not. The only way to confirm this is by an HIV antibody test.
HIV antibody tests are provided by the Department of Health (DH) and some non-governmental organisations. It is important that a pregnant woman knows her HIV status before delivery. In Hong Kong, all pregnant women are routinely tested for HIV in the antenatal check-up. Therefore, for any woman who is about to deliver and who does not know her HIV status yet, a rapid HIV test that takes only minutes should be done immediately so that appropriate steps can be taken to protect the baby. Also, women who have ever had unprotected sex, had sexually transmitted infections or shared needles to inject drugs should get tested early.