The Ministry of Health was gifted with Five Thousand (5000) HIV self-testing kits by the US Government through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/ US Centres for Disease Control (CDC).
According to the Health Ministry the donation was made today in light of World Aids Day and says the move for HIV self-testing kit is an innovative method of testing that requires a swab of the mouth to test persons for HIV.
The Ministry said “these persons are then guided to the next steps for testing at one of the testing centres located throughout the country and possible treatment, as needed.”
“These kits will aid in the Ministry’s goal to have at least ninety percent (90%) of persons living with HIV know their status by being voluntarily tested. This will greatly assist in the detection of the number of persons in the population who have contracted HIV. Increased levels of detection will assist the Ministry in the creation of targeted policies aimed at reducing the number of infections, while providing more effective treatment programmes to those who require it most.”
World AIDS Day 2020 is celebrated under the theme Global Solidarity…Shared Responsibility.