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Rapid Testing Road Show series ends

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More than 1,200 more Vincentians now know their HIV status. The miles-stone was reached when residents of Georgetown brought a fitting climax to the National AIDS Secretariat’s series of Road Shows recently. Some one hundred and eight five residents showed up for their Rapid HIV Test.{{more}}

Since September, the Secretariat has been on the road introducing Rapid HIV Testing to communities throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Rapid HIV Test enables an individual to know his or her HIV status within minutes and is viewed as an important technological advance in efforts to prevent and reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS.

When the final road show for 2007 ended at Georgetown, a total of twelve hundred and twenty Vincentians had accessed the service. The show was taken to Sandy Bay, Bequia, Calliaqua, Clare Valley, Canouan, Chateaubelair, Biabou, Richland Park and Georgetown.

The NAS plans to continue the initiative next year and will take the service into those communities which missed out during the first phase of the programme.

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