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Rwanda Advances Self-testing in Push Towards Zero New HIV Infections

Rwanda has launched a six-month focus and prevention marketing campaign aimed toward stemming new hiv infections in the united states at a rite to mark the World Aids Day.

The campaign launched on Friday seeks to enhance cognizance on accessibility and availability of HIV trying out offerings in Rwanda,

Speaking during the launch of the campaign, Rwanda minister of public and primary healthcare Patrick Ndimubanzi said the focus might be on self-trying out, with the government offering self-trying out kits.

Rwanda state minister of public and primary healthcare Patrick Ndimubanz

 

“This campaign would help promote and facilitate HIV prevention, care, and treatment and reinforce people’s willingness to participate in HIV interventions,” Ndimubanzi said.

The minister said HIV self-test kits would be availed in pharmacies and online for purchase through smart phones or internet in order to boost people’s willingness to participate in HIV interventions.

“We call upon all Rwandans who have not had a HIV test at least for a year to test and know their status,” he urged.

At the ceremony, condoms and other HIV preventive materials were freely distributed to participants and hundreds of people voluntarily participated in HIV testing.

HIV prevalence rate in Rwanda is at three percent since 2005 due to the numerous strategies in place, Jeanine Condo, director general of Rwanda Biomedical Center, said at the ceremony.

HIV preventive and treatment services have been scaled up to more than 90 percent of health facilities across the country, figures of Rwanda Biomedical Center showed.

HIV and AIDS from mother to child transmission has been reduced to less than 2 percent while provision of anti-retroviral treatments reaches to all HIV positive people in need and for free, according to the ministry of health.

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