Self-testing: a potentially powerful tool for fighting HIV

A man swabs the Oral Quick to collect oral fluid from his gums to demonstrate self test for HIV/Aids in Nairobi during a media conference on January 23, 2018. /JACK OWUOR

A man swabs the Oral Quick to collect oral fluid from his gums to demonstrate self test for HIV/Aids in Nairobi during a media conference on January 23, 2018. /JACK OWUOR

HIV testing in recent years has been placed on a great emphasis as the urge to get a lot of people to know their status is pushed. Many people fear to go to VCT for HIV tests due to fear.

People knowing their status will enable them to seek treatment and support. There was an urge to develop a self-test mechanism where one can do it at the comfort of his own house privately.

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The person will collect their own specimen and performs a rapid diagnostic test and reads the results themselves.

Technologies have been made to curb the fear of going to a public place to check your status. One is that you can prick your finger to get blood or saliva swapped from one’s mouth and the results of one’s status obtained.

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