National Day of Testing
Eleven persons out of 1200 tested positive for HIV
Stabroek News
November 30, 2006

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Close to 1,200 persons were tested on the National Day of HIV testing held on November 16 countrywide, and eleven persons (0.91%) returned positive results.

Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said yesterday that his Ministry is still going over the data collected and was not in a position to give many details.

However he said the day achieved what was intended which was that persons supported the day in overwhelming numbers.

He said that the day was supported by male and female police ranks, persons holding executive positions and Ministers among others. Ramsammy noted that those who went out did not see getting tested as a negative thing, adding that the initiative was aimed at bringing about that kind of behavioural change.

Under the theme: "Time is running out: Get Tested Now" the Ministry held the National Day of Testing and was targeting 1,000 persons. Some 36 fixed VCT sites and 82 PMTCT sites were utilised to conduct HIV testing in every region. Temporary sites will be set up in regions 9, 7, 1 and 8.

A mobile team operated in Georgetown and its environs and also made a trip to the University of Guyana. Close to 45 NGO's were on board with the Ministry and helped mobilize communities across the country to support the day of testing.