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St. Kitts and Nevis: Ministry of Health on Verge of Rapid HIV Testing

May 13, 2014

This article was reported by The Gleaner.

According to The Gleaner, The St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Health (MoH) soon will introduce point-of-care HIV rapid testing to scale up prevention and early detection. The MoH National AIDS Secretariat explained that volunteer counseling and testing providers are in training to administer the rapid test. The new test will provide patients with counseling, testing, and results in approximately 15 to 20 minutes, whereas the present method could take hours or weeks to provide the same services. Also, the new test uses only a finger prick to obtain blood, compared to having blood drawn with a needle and syringe. The new test will begin on Friday, June 27, the next International Testing Day, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lucine Pemberton, MoH health educator, urged residents to take advantage of the new test and get tested on International Testing Day.

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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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