Help Govt. reverse HIV infections, councils told

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VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott has urged councils countrywide to help Government reverse HIV infections by devising innovative ways of having people tested for the virus. Dr Scott advised the local authorities to keenly follow the latest developments around the world in the control of the pandemic. He cited the introduction of the new home HIV test kit called OraQuick in the United States, which will become available to consumers in October, as one method that could help accelerate HIV testing in Zambia and save lives. Dr Scott was speaking in Livingstone last week when he officially opened the 56th annual conference of the Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ), which ended on Friday. He said Zambia has not yet started reversing the infection rate, though it has slowed down, and councils must use emerging testing methods to address the pandemic. “If we can accelerate the testing and start people earlier on treatment, we can begin to reverse the spread of HIV.

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