Friday, 2 December 2016

Goodnews as 'test yourself ' HIV kit now available

Technology has been very beneficial to mankind. Every year news of new products and improvements are revealed.
With dedicated researchers and scientist medicine has witnessed the height of new technologies. And one aspect of health that has lingered for long has been made easy to do.'HIV testing. People can now test can themselves with a simple test that can be taken at home.

Punch reports that testing yourself for HIV means that you and other people can use oral fluid or blood-finger-pricks to discover their status in a private and convenient setting. Results are ready within 20 minutes or less.

This is important because of the stigma associated with the viral disease. Most people are often scared to take the test in laboratories or health centres where they can run into any one they know.

Being able to test yourself makes it easier to accept the result, says consultant heamatologist, Dr. Kunle Adetayo. Adetayo says that despite the counseling given to patients before testing, having someone else disclose their results is often a blow that many may not recover from.

“Self-testing will also increase the population of people who know their HIV status because it has been noted that more than half of those infected do not know and they will keep transmitting it,”Dr Kunle stressed.

Adetayo painted the right picture. According to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Margaret Chan, new statistics show that over 40 per cent of those infected with HIV are unaware of their status.

Public health physician, Dr. Zizi Egbuwoku- Imatorbhebe, says that although there is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS, there are drugs and treatments, such as anti-retroviral drugs, which have been proved to slow down the course of the disease and infected people who use these drugs can live a long and healthy life.

 If you are ready to know your HIV status  walk to a pharmacy nearest to you and ask for a self-test. Happy healthy life.


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