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Singapore Group Launches Mobile Anonymous HIV Testing Van

December 13, 2011

The community group Action for AIDS (AfA) Singapore on Wednesday launched a mobile HIV and syphilis testing van -- the first such service in Singapore and the region. The van has clinical facilities for testing and will travel with two specially trained staff. The rapid tests used yield results within 20 minutes.

Clients of the anonymous service will not be asked for their name or address before testing; instead, they will be assigned a serial number. After testing, the service will provide clients on-site counseling and risk assessment. Those testing positive will be referred to a clinic for confirmatory testing.

The counseling can help dispel HIV myths and preconceptions, said Anwar Hashim, the mobile service's manager. Singapore's rate of voluntary HIV screening is low, and the van is intended to make testing more accessible, said Roy Tan, AfA's president. Testing can be conducted "in the evening, in late hours or even weekends," Anwar said.

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Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency
12.07.2011


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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