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For UNAIDS, HIV home test will help break the stigma of disease

Kit approved by the regulatory agency for food and medicine in the United States promises to result in up to 20 minutes

 
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Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director.
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Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director.

The executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé praised the approval of a home test kit for HIV by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), regulatory agency for food and medicine in the United States, this week. Examination promises results in 20 minutes.

In a statement, Sidibe said that the completion of home test will help to break what he called a "cycle of stigma and discrimination."

The ability to do the test at home to see if the patient has HIV has also been welcomed by the judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Edwin Cameron. The African country has one of the highest rates of contamination with the virus.

According to UNAIDS, many patients are not tested in the laboratory for fear of the reaction, and the stigma they may face when they discover seropositive.

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    A study in Kenya, for example, showed that only 16% of respondents who had knew they were HIV infected. With the home test, will also increase access to treatment.

    The possibility of the examination is also being supported by Britain, especially for the group of homosexuals. Last year, a committee of the House of Lords recommended the repudiation of laws that prohibit the exam at home.

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