Seychelles launches HIV self-test programme on World AIDS Day

Seychelles launched an HIV self-test pilot project on the same day the country joined with others to commemorate World AIDS Day — December 1 — on Freedom Square in Victoria.

Based on the results collected from the pilot project, the Ministry of Health will decide if the country is ready to introduce the screening method. This year the theme for World AIDS Day is ‘Know your Status.’

Called OraQuick HIV Self-Test, the test allows an individual to detect antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 with a simple oral swab and provides a result in as little as 20 minutes in the privacy of one’s home.

Source: Seychelles News Agency