Cape Town – South Africans have been encouraged to make use of self-testing HIV kits now available at their local community pharmacies.
Before this year's World Aids Day commemorations on Saturday, health experts say the test is 99% accurate and can be done in the privacy of your home. The test can be done if pregnant, breastfeeding and from the age of 12.
World Aids Day will be commemorated under the theme “Cheka Impilo - Know Your Status” and calls on all South Africans to take responsibility for their health and wellness.
According to Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) chief executive Jackie Maimin, South Africa has the largest and most high-profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.2 million people living with HIV last year.
Maimin said HIV testing was essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV could lead healthy and productive lives.