Public HIV Tests in Yerevan for European Testing Week
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During European Testing Week (23-30 November), public events were held in Yerevan, capital of Armenia, aimed at promoting HIV testing, informing the public about, developing motivation, and changing stereotypes.
The events were organized by the National Center for AIDS Prevention of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia together with the Armenian Network of Positive People and with support of UNAIDS and IOM.
Passers-by were given the opportunity to have a free and anonymous test for HIV and viral hepatitis B and the C, by rapid testing and to find out their status in 15-20 minutes. Counselling and testing was carried out by the specialists of the National Centre of AIDS prevention on the basis of mobile clinics donated by the Russian Federation. Passers-by were also provided with information materials published by IOM Armenia.
“Knowledge of HIV status is important for everyone, and during the IOM action 234 men and 189 women have realized their right to be informed and to maintain their health,” said Dr Arshak Papoyan, Head of HIV Surveillance Department, National Centre for AIDS Prevention, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia.
European Testing Week is an international campaign that encourages partner organisations—in community, health care and policy institutions-- throughout Europe to unite for one week to increase testing efforts and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing. This initiative has progressed since its start in 2013 and has grown to be a widely recognised international event with hundreds of organisations participating every year. Each organisation volunteers their own time to organise their Testing Week activities and create incredible displays of a united effort to increase testing awareness at all organisational levels.