AIDS Counselling and Testing Service (ACTS)

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AIDS Counselling and Testing Service (ACTS) under the Department of Health is a type of voluntary counselling & testing (VCT). It is the provision of HIV counselling and testing to the clients on a voluntary basis by trained workers. Often the clients have had risky behaviours, belonged to the at-risk populations or concerned about HIV infection. Rapid test may or may not be used. Pre-test and post-test information-giving, discussion and counseling are carried out to various extent. Psychological support and referral to other services as appropriate is part and parcel of VCT. In Hong Kong, the Department of Health and non-governmental organisations provide VCT services.