The HIV/AIDS and SRHR Committee, in collaboration with the National AIDS Council and HASO, organized a HIV testing day for all Members and Secretariat staff of the National Assembly as part of the activities on its 2019 programme.
Rapid tests, also known as point-of-care tests, have revolutionized the response to diseases by allowing health care professionals to accurately achieve real-time, lab-quality diagnostic results within minutes rather than hours. Rapid testing for HIV is very useful in various settings including in health clinics, workplaces and at home. However, many at-risk people still do not test for HIV. There is now a growing awareness that innovative approaches are needed to increase the numbers of people testing for the virus, particularly in areas where HIV prevalence is high.
The National Assembly Committee organized the activity in a bid to educate and sensitize Members and staff on the significance of knowing their status, and to set the example by being role models for their constituents.
The event was held on Wednesday 05th June 2019 from 10am-4pm at the National Assembly whereby staff and Members participated actively in the rapid testing for HIV. The Committee hopes to raise awareness on the value of testing for HIV, as well as support the worldwide zero discrimination campaign.