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‘HIV home tests will encourage people to know their status’

TAC says SA’s biggest hurdle is the massive number of infected people, but don’t know that they are.

Candles form a red ribbon during World Aids Day. Picture: AFP.
HIV Aids,Treatment Action Campaign
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JOHANNESBURG - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) says home HIV testing will encourage more people in South Africa to find out what their status is.

The organisation says the country’s biggest hurdle to HIV and Aids treatment is the massive number of infected people, but don’t 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 TAC’s Marcus Louw said, “The big question is how this will be done. We haven’t 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 you’re at home, you might get depressed.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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