19
Jun
09

HIV/AIDS campaign to give out non-FDA approved kits

From the Washington Business Journal:

A national HIV/AIDS testing campaign called Don’t?Guess?Test! is making a controversial move by dishing out non-Food & Drug Administration approved testing kits June 24 in D.C., where it is estimated that 1 in every 20 adults is infected with HIV/AIDS.

The clinically approved, self-administered testing kits provide confidential HIV testing with results in about two minutes.

The kits, made by Africa-based Salamander Concepts, are currently available throughout Europe, Africa and the Far East.

Campaign volunteers and staff are not asking for any information from kit recipients.

They will be given out from 8-10 a.m., but due to the sensitive nature of the non-FDA approved kits, campaign spokespeople are not disclosing how many tests will be given out or the location of distribution at this time.

This week, Don’t?Guess?Test! tapped WPGC 95.5 FM as its exclusive radio station partner to encourage locals to get tested.

The campaign, developed by D.C.’s William Penn House to increase HIV-testing and establish legislation, already has other community partners that include PreventionWorks!, Young and Powerful, emPower Magazine and Children’s National Medical Center.

The campaign rolls out June 23 with week-long social and educational events and ends with its 2009 D.C. campaign on National HIV/AIDS Testing Day June 27.

What happens when someone test positive – alone – and they have no one to counsel them and let them know about the options they have to successfully manage this disease?

Is this dangerous?

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