The Ministry of Health in Brazil to distribute HIVST kits for free
As of January 2019, the 'Sistema Unico de Saúde' (SUS) will offer, free of charge, a self-test for HIV diagnosis. Currently, the self-test is only sold in private pharmacies.
With the distribution in the public network, citizens will be able to take the self-test in the Basic Health Units (UBS), collect the sample itself (oral fluid or blood) and report their result. According to the Ministry of Health, the self-test will increase the autonomy of the individual, decentralize services and create demand for HIV testing among those not reached by the services or who need to be tested more frequently due to continuous exposure to risk.
More people will have access to diagnosis, increasing the reach of free treatment provision, as there will be 400 000 self-tests distributed.
Posted: 14 December 2018