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Go-ahead given for home HIV testing kits

By Faeza
09 February 2016

Diabetes

Pharmacists can sell take-home HIV testing kits, according to Pharmacy Council of South Africa Registrar and CEO Amos Masango …

According to Masango, a May 2015 decision by the council effectively quietly removed the ban on pharmacist sales of HIV self-testing kits.

The decision comes almost one year after the council gazetted a draft plan to remove the ban. The proposed lifting of the ban was warmly received publicly, according to Masango.

Over a year of deliberations

"Most pharmacists and the public felt that a pharmacist was better placed to deal with the sale of such tests given the sensitivity and the professionalism required in dealing with the condition," said Masango, who explained that after more than a year of deliberation, the council has now green-lighted the sale of do-it-yourself tests.

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