HIV home tests will encourage people to know their status
TAC says SAs biggest hurdle is the massive number of infected people, but dont know that they are.
JOHANNESBURG - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says home HIV testing will encourage more people in South Africa tofind out whattheir status is.
The organisation saysthe countrys biggest hurdle to HIV and Aids treatment is themassive number ofinfected people, butdont know they are living with the virus.
Members of the public can now buy HIV testing kits over the counter after the South African Pharmacy Association relaxed regulations.
The TACs Marcus Louw said, The big question is how this will be done. We havent seen regulations on this as yet but we would like to see, for example, a phone number to the HIV helpline and a link to your local clinic. Because there is fear that if you test positive and youre at home, you might get depressed.