Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to fast?

No, you can eat before your appointment.

How long is the duration of a session?

It lasts for 40 minutes to 1 hour maximum.

Do I need to bring an ID card?

No, the test is anonymous, no personal ID is required

How much does it cost?

Napneung offers up to 4 blood FREE testing services for:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis

Is it painful to have blood drawn?

It should not be. Furthermore, our staff is well-trained and makes its best to minimize any inconvenience you may experience. If you are afraid of blood-drawing, kindly mention it to your counsellor, they will take it into account.

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is an infection by a virus, mostly found in the liver: the hepatitis B virus (HBV). This virus can be easily transmitted to others. Hepatitis B infection can become a chronic infection.

Worldwide, 240 million are chronically infected with HBV, most of them in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Chronic infection means that the virus continues to replicate in the liver for more than 6 months, causing the death of liver cells (hepatocytes), inflammation and fibrosis. Hepatitis B infection can lead to liver cirrhosis and/or liver cancer (hepatocarcinoma).

In infants, acute infection after contamination is usually not recognized as there are no symptoms but it usually leads to chronic infection. In adults who are not immunized, acute Hepatitis B can occur within months following contamination. It can be symptomatic (fever, jaundice, fatigue) and, exceptionally, cause death. In 95% of cases, it recovers but in 5% is followed by chronic infection.
Learn more about Hepatitis B on our blog.

What is Hepatitis C?

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is due to an infection caused by a virus, mostly found in the liver: the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

The acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs around 6 months after a person has been first exposed to the HCV. Acute infections usually, but not always, become chronic.

The chronic HCV infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the virus remains in a person’s body. A hepatitis C infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver conditions including cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Learn more about Hepatitis C on our blog.

What is HIV?

HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The word “immunodeficiency” means that this virus progressively weakens and destroys the immune system. The immune system allows the body to fight against infections. Because the immune system gets weaker and weaker, a person infected with HIV eventually cannot fight against infections such as tuberculosis and is more likely to get cancer: this is the stage of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, occurring without treatment.

Once a person is infected with HIV, the virus cannot be eliminated from its body but it can be controlled by a treatment. Today, people treated can have a normal life.
Learn more about HIV on our blog.

Can I book an appointment if I don't have a Napneung voucher?

Yes. The field asking for a voucher number in the booking section is optional.