Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council (BDAIDSCouncil) will be conducting a free and confidential HIV screening for men on October 11.
The council in a statement said that based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, more than 70 people in the country were infected with HIV between 2018 -2019 and out of this number, 90 per cent were men.
Based on this information, BDAIDSCouncil recognised that HIV testing in most-at-risk populations would make a big impact on the response to the HIV epidemic in Brunei.
Early diagnosis would not only ensure that those who have been infected with HIV have early access to treatment and care so that they can lead full and normal lives; but early access to treatment also helps to prevent further spread of the disease, the council added.
The screening programme aimed at creating a safe space for men to get tested and providing these tests for free as part of its efforts to encourage more men to test with the council aiming to conduct the sessions once every six to eight weeks.
Interested participants can send direct messages to BDAIDSCouncil Facebook ‘Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council’ and Instagram @bdaidscouncil to book slots for testing.
The tests are conducted on a periodic basis by the council’s volunteer doctors.
Participants of the screening programme are also given the opportunity to be counselled and to learn how they can protect themselves from getting infected with HIV.
Any information regarding the participants is considered confidential and not shared with anyone else without their consent.
If they test positive, they will be referred to a healthcare facility where they will receive access to necessary HIV treatment and care. – Analisa Amu
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN