Self-testing to reduce HIV testing gap


Key players in the fight against HIV in Mchinji say they want to embark on self-testing awareness campaign to encourage as many people as possible to know their status.

This was revealed during a District Aids Coordinating Committee meeting yesterday which attracted organisations, local leaders and the clergy.

Mchinji District Hospital laboratory officer, who is also HIV and Aids coordinator Godfrey Mwankenje said self-testing came as a response to privacy and confidentiality concerns which affected HIV testing services.

“We believe self-testing will help many people to know their status and this can address the HIV testing gap,” he said.

Mwankenje: We want many people to know about self-testing

Mwankenje added that people who test HIV positive should seek further testing at a health facility.

In his remarks, Senior Chief Mlonyeni said it is the duty of chiefs to take a leading role in sensitising communities to the importance of HIV self-testing.

“The fight against HIV is for everyone, and everyone needs to know their right to health, if we are to reach the UN goal of 90-90-90,” he said.

The 90:90:90 goal seeks to diagnose 90 percent of all HIV-positive persons, provide antiretroviral therapy to 90 percent of those diagnosed and achieve viral suppression for 90 percent of those treated by 2020.

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