HIV Testing: A critical and essential gateway

25.01.2013 10:31

Another international organisation endorses the role of rapid testing in the battle against AIDS.

In its annual statement on World AIDS Day 2012, the World Health Organisation continued to stress the importance of universal access to the knowledge of one’s HIV status.  This comes at a time where latest figures from the UK suggest that more than 25,000 people are unaware that they have the virus and furthermore where 80% of newly diagnosed patients have in fact contracted the disease from someone yet to be diagnosed as HIV positive.  

The WHO and other large organisations across the globe such as UNAIDS are giving their support to HIV testing, placing evermore emphasis on the benefits of rapid testing and the need for its expansion. Throughout their recent statement, this type of testing received only praise. Acknowledged as a mechanism, which not only enables the delivery of quick and accurate results to the individuals tested but which can also reduce the burden on laboratories, by allowing trained and supervised personnel to provide the testing and in addition any necessary counselling.  

With the potential to dramatically increase awareness of HIV status in the population, the use of Rapid Tests such as the nal von minden Retrocheck HIV Cassette Test allows those carrying the disease to gain access to treatment as soon as possible and thus minimising exposure.  It also provides a great incentive for those given the all clear to take further precautionary measures. Whether this is by practicing safe sex or through the use of clean injecting equipment, these individuals can make a conscious effort to prevent themselves and others from being infected with HIV in the future.

From home based supervised testing programs in remote Sub-Saharan Africa, to the thousands of walk in tests being carried out at sexual health clinics across the UK, rapid testing is revolutionising the worldwide battle against Aids. By actively helping to reduce transmission rates and in turn mortality rates, they are enabling a great change which will no doubt bring society closer to one day achieving the UNAIDS vision of the future:´Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination. Zero AID-related deaths.´

For more information please see:  

http://www.who.int/hiv/events/2012/world_aids_day/hiv_testing_counselling/en/index.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20565604

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/253651.php