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Kenya’s to launch HIV self-testing kit

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Kenya is set to introduce a cheap HIV self-testing kit in July, the Star newspaper reports.

The kit targets an estimated 400,000 people who do not know their HIV status.

Experts say the kit is 80% effective and will cost about $7 (£5) and will be available in pharmacies.

HIV self-testing refers to a process in which a person collects his or her own specimen (oral fluid or blood) and then performs the test.

Martin Sirengo, head of Kenya’s Aids programme Nascop, says that people should still go to health facilities to confirm the result.

He further advises that the tests should be done in private and in the presence of a trusted person.

Rudolf Eggers, World Heath Organization representative to Kenya, said, “the primary goal of the HIV self-testing is to complement other existing other HIV testing approaches,” the Star reports.

Close to 1.5 million people are living with HIV in Kenya out of which nearly one million are on anti-retroviral treatment.


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