US donates 5,000 HIV self-testing kits to T&T

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    5,000 HIV self-testing kits have been donated to T&T by the US Government through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

    The kit is an innovative method of testing that requires a swab of the mouth to test persons for HIV.

    These persons are then guided to the next steps at one of the testing centres located throughout the country and possible treatment, as needed.

    The Health Ministry believes the kits will help in goal to have at least 90% of persons living with HIV know their status by being voluntarily tested.

    It adds that increased levels of detection will assist the Ministry in the creation of targeted policies aimed at reducing the number of infections, and providing more effective treatment programmes.

    World AIDS Day 2020 is being celebrated under the theme “Global Solidarity…Shared Responsibility”.