Updated: 12/04/2013 02:11

Three more anonymous HIV test sites to be set up next year



Three more anonymous HIV test sites to be set up next year

Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor says the number of anonymous HIV tests carried out in Singapore has gone up to over 11,000 last year, from about 5,500 in 2005. 

She says early detection and treatment allows people living with HIV to remain well, live longer and be economically active. 

There are currently seven anonymous HIV test sites in Singapore, as well as a mobile testing service. 

"To further encourage early testing, MOH will expand anonymous HIV testing to another three sites in 2014. This will bring the total number of anonymous HIV test sites to 10."

Dr Khor says the three new sites will be chosen based on factors like the clinics' experience with rapid HIV testing, location and opening hours. 

She adds that the Health Ministry will invite clinics that have undergone rapid HIV testing to register their interest to be an anonymous HIV test site. 

Dr Khor was speaking at the launch of the "Gift of Giving" fund-raising event at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. 

The project was initiated by HIV patients in conjunction with World Aids Day, and is in recognition of the generous support they have received from the community.

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