Laboratory Services

This unit is responsible for the provision of high-quality laboratory services within limits and according to the provisions of the ministry of health, Sri Lanka for the National STD/AIDS Control Programme including antimicrobial resistance surveillance, laboratory quality assurance and infection control.


  1. Provision of STI/HIV laboratory services.
  2. Quality control and quality assessment of STI/HIV laboratories in the country.
  3. Infection control.
  4. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance.

Scope of Work

  1. To work within and support the relevant NAC technical working group to develop and regularly up-date national policies, strategies, guidelines, protocols, and standardized operational procedures (SOP) for implementation of STD laboratory services in Sri Lanka.
  2. To collaborate with senior management team (SMT) and other relevant authorities in decision making and carrying out of STD laboratory services.
  3. To work with other NSACP Units to develop comprehensive and coordinated plans for implementation of the National Strategic Plan and other relevant activities.
  4. To coordinate and work in partnership with public, private, civil society organizations, and development partners at local, national, and international level.
  5. To maintain the provision of STD laboratory services through the service delivery points of the National STD/AIDS control Programme in quality assured manner.
  6. To coordinate with and support institutions within and outside the Ministry of Health in the expansion of appropriate, high quality STD laboratory services.
  7. Training and capacity building of individuals/institutions in the public, private and civil society organizations on STD laboratory services and methods, in partnership with relevant programme areas in the NSACP.
  8. To supervise and monitor the quality of STD laboratory services in the programme.
  9. Provision of technical support, assistance and guidance to provinces, districts and other organizations and agencies in improving quality, supply, and access to STD laboratory services.
  10. Need assessment and provision of technical assistance for supply and procurement of necessary items or services for the maintenance of STD laboratory services.

What is HIV self-testing?

If you want to get tested for HIV but unable to visit one of clinic for services, don’t worry still you can request a HIV self-test. We will keep all your details confidential.

Step One

How to order?
Give a call to HIV self-test hot line/Through Facebook message/Through and request one.
Hot line : 0716379192
HIV self-test will be delivered to you.

Step Two

Read all the details provided in the information sheet.
If you want, you can get further guidance from the given Hot line : 0716379192

Step three

Important points
HIV self-test is an antibody based test so it can have a window period of 3 months. So it can be false negative during the window period. This is a screening test but it has a sensitivity of 97%.
If a test is positive
Don’t get panicked. Please call and inform the said number. We have to do further tests. If confirmed positive treatment is available free of charge, and with treatment and regular follow up you can live a near normal life.
If Negative
Please avoid risky behaviors/use condoms to keep it negative further.

Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

  • Counselling services and health education for STI.
  • Clinical services for diagnosis and management of STI.
  • Screening for other STIs.
  • Condom promotion.
  • Partner management and follow up.

Laboratory Testing Services

  • VDRL
  • TPPA
  • HIV Particle Agglutination
  • HIV Rapid test
  • CD 4 Count
  • Viral Load
  • Western Blot
  • HBsAg
  • Gonococcal Culture & ABST
  • FBC
  • PAP smear
  • SGOT
  • SGPT
  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • Bilirubin (Total/Direct /Indirect)
  • Total protein
  • Albumin / Globulin
  • Lipid profile
  • Blood Urea
  • S. Creatinine
  • Blood Sugar (FBS, RBS, PPBS)

HIV Services

  • Pre and post-test counselling for HIV testing
  • Screening and Confirmation of HIV infection
  • Clinical assessment of PLHIV for treatment of opportunistic Infections and eligibility for ART
  • Immunological assessment for eligibility for ART
  • Provision of ART for adolescents, children adults and pregnant women
  • Provision ART for Occupational Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
  • Provision of micro-nutrients for PLHIV

For Antenatal Mothers

  • Screening antenatal mothers for syphilis & providing IEC material for education and awareness
  • Screening for HIV at pilot sites
  • Providing ART for positive mothers

For People living with HIV

  • Providing counselling, treatment, care & support (including ART and management of OI)
  • Monthly Nutritional package
  • Family Planning service

Avoiding penetrative sex or postponing is good for young persons until they find their permanent partner.

Be Faithful

Mutually monogamous relationship in two healthy individuals carries zero risk of STIs.


Above methods may not be practical for some people If so by using condoms correctly and consistently they can prevent Sex. Alcohol and drugs should not be used before or during sex since they impair your ability to have safe sex.More info on Condoms

Novel HIV prevention methods

By taking HIV medications (ART) HIV can be prevented. HIV negative partners can take HIV medications to prevent getting HIV. It is called Pre- exposure prophylaxis (PrRP) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis after Sexual Exposures. (PEPSE).

More Info PrEP
More Info PEPSE
More Info PEP

STI Prevention with Vaccines

Hepatitis B Vaccination

Hepatitis B which can be easily prevented by vaccination. Currentely Hepatitis B Vaccination is available for Men who have Sex with Men, IV drug users, People living with HIV and Transgender persons.

HPV Vaccination

Using a quadrivalent vaccine for immunization Cervical HPV infection and Genital warts can be prevented. It is currently available only to females of 12-14 age group from the National Immunization Program.