The first National Certification Framework for HIV rapid testing has been launched with a call to men to embrace HIV testing and treatment services.
Speaking at the launch ceremony organised by the Ministry of Health and Uganda Virus Research Institute at Hotel Africana, Dr Joshua Musinguzi the Program Manager, Aids Control Program in the Ministry of Health, says efforts have been made to reach men through outreach activities, but few are responding to testing and treatment programs.
Dr Musinguzi noted that for Uganda to reach the ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 target by 2020, all people should be involved in efforts to end the Aids epidemic.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) target is aimed at ensuring that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
The Ministry of Health has commended Uganda Virus Research Institute for spearheading the certification program noting that it will help eliminate cases of HIV misdiagnosis.