The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe And The Government Of Malawi marked World AIDS Day with the Launch of HIV Oral Self Testing. The event in Jenda also served as the launching of the HIV oral self testing national testing guidelines – a critical new tool to reach those who still may not know their HIV status.
The Minister’s demonstration of HIV oral self testing in front of the crowd was a major milestone in breaking down lingering fears around HIV testing – in his remarks, he noted that HIV testing should have no more stigma than testing for malaria or hypertension.
With life saving treatment available now for free to Malawians, we need to ensure those who do not know their HIV status receive testing and counselling services.
Since 2011, Malawi has been at the forefront of the self-testing dialogue with several research studies funded by the Wellcome Trust and UNITAID. The research demonstrates that one of the reasons that clients with HIV, who are difficult to reach with testing services, like using self-tests is that the test can be very private.
WHO global experts reviewed all the evidence and continue to strongly recommend HIV self-testing as an option for HIV testing since 2016.
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in partnership with the Minister of Health coordinates closely in Malawi with other local and international initiatives to combat HIV. PEPFAR provides service delivery and technical assistance to maximise the quality, coverage, and impact of the national HIV/AIDS response.
Working together with the Malawian government, PEPFAR aligns its investments to scale up interventions that are most effective in the areas and populations with the highest burden of HIV/AIDS. As the first country in the world to adopt Option B+ for prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, Malawi is well placed to move quickly on innovative responses to on-going challenges in the fight against HIV. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Malawi.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Malawi.