Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Outdated #HIV testing regulations in India need changes

Stakeholders in India's HIV programme have applauded the decision of the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) to modify outdated HIV testing regulations and allow community-based HIV testing in various set-ups.
AHF commends the TRG and the many community and government partners that supported this critical change in the National guideline allowing for community based HIV testing,” said Dr Ratna Devi, Bureau Chief, AHF India. “Finding those living with HIV and assisting them in getting into care so they may become virally suppressed is the key to reducing HIV in our communities.”
Terri Ford, AHF Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy, said “HIV testing must be scaled up in a big way around the world. Governments need to embrace community-based streamlined testing models that use rapid testing technologies and make testing free, convenient, hassle-free and easily accessible, particularly for the most affected populations. Testing results should be available the same day and there needs to be strong linkage to care and services for those who test HIV-positive.”
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to over 550,000 individuals in 38 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia.