MUMBAI: In an attempt to change the negative attitude towards HIV testing, Mumbai District AIDS management society (MADACS) will provide free HIV tests at six railway stations. This is on the occasion of December 1 being World AIDS Day. Moreover, the evaluation will soon be available for a week in Rs 75. This is almost a fifth of the typical price at 700 labs of the private Metropolis lab from December.
“We are focusing on normalizing HIV testing,” said Dr Sharikala Acharya of MDACS before World AIDS Day, whose theme will be ‘know your stats’. “Currently, if doctors advise patients to undergo a test, they will think of an excuse, or neglect the fact”, She explained.
There are 38,000 people with the virus that have registered with MDACS in Mumbai city. But there isn’t any corresponding estimate for the private sector up to now. MDACS will put up kiosks at CSTM, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Ghatkopar and Borivali station to produce the test easily accessible.
Experts declare that the stigma attached to HIV and AIDS remains high. Hence, this prevents people from analyzing themselves, leading to a delay at the start of treatment. We want to make testing a societal movement. Above all, it should be a standard question to ask each other if one has experienced the HIV test. MDACS will carry out social networking campaigns with Marathi film and TV celebrities to encourage HIV testing. Free HIV tests encourage people to be more vigilant about their well being.
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