Regulate HIV home-test kits – medics

2010-02-13 10:07

THE sale of HIV home-testing kits must be regulated by the

government, the SA Medical Association (Sama) has said.

Sama chairperson Dr Norman Mabaso says this is necessary to prevent

these kits from being sold to private individuals without any counselling.

Sama’s call comes after the launch of the home kit was put on hold

following concerns that there were no legal obstacle to stop the kit from being

distributed to individuals.

“Although Sama fully supports testing as it is essential for people

to know their status, we do not support the ad hoc sale of home testing


“Sama implores the government to regulate the sale of these kits

and also make it compulsory for counselling to be available via the merchant

when it is sold.” – Mabaso says.

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