A Testing Challenge

A Testing Challenge

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This 60-page report found that the Know Your Status (KYS) campaign, begun in 2005 with the goal of testing 1.3 million people, was underfunded and had tested only 25, 000 people by August 2007, four months before the campaign ended. Ambitious goals to train and pay thousands of lay counselors and expand support groups for people living with HIV were largely sidelined. Supervision of counselors and post-test referrals to HIV prevention or treatment was poorly carried out. The program also took insufficient steps to ensure proper respect for such rights-related requirements as informed consent and confidentiality.One KYS counselor explained how she offers people the HIV test: I tell them why it is important to test; that they should not necessarily expect a positive result but that it is important to know their status so they can take care of themselves.

Title:A Testing Challenge
Publisher:Human Rights Watch - 2008


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