Ecuador purchases 300,000 rapid tests for HIV

Posted on November 4, 2011 • Filed under: Ecuador, Latin America Health

The Ministry of Health purchased 300 000 rapid tests to detect human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The estimated time between blood collection and the result is only 20 minutes. The plan is to distribute state portfolio progressively nationwide.
The test is free and confidential. Shall be made after the patient’s consent. “First, you attend a counseling, where you explain what HIV is and what implications if the test is positive or negative. Post-test counseling will be a second. In the case of positive patient be evaluated and appropriate treatment, “said Dr. Roberto Yanez, responsible for managing drug supplies and inputs VIH-SIDA/ITS Program of the Ministry of Health. Read Article

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