By Elias Hakizimana
Rwandans have got a new method of HIV/AIDS testing dubbed ” Oral Quick HIV Self Testing” which is primed to help the country reduce new HIV infection.
The new testing tools are not coming to replace current methods, rather they will complement them.
With this development, the user is able to get blood sample results in less than 20 minutes.
The initiative started last year and was officially launched yesterday on December 20, 2018 by the Ministry of Health.
The targeted population include people who are not tested using traditional techniques, sexual partners as well as people with high risk of HIV acquisition.
Dr.Sabin Nzanzimana, in charge of HIV and STIs Prevention and Blood infection prevention in Rwanda Biomedical Center said that the new testing tools are launched along the Christmas to help people have access to them.
5,738 self testing tools were distributed so far around the country.
Dr.Nsanzimana noted that the HIV Self Testing will promote access to HIV testing services, increase Authonomy and assure confidentiality and convenient.
The 114 Hotline is open for people who need to seek advice and access to self testing service and meanwhile, this service is available in public and private institutions.
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