The Rwanda Biometrical Centre(RBC) in partnership with Pharmaceutical association has agreed on the deal to sell Oral HIV self-testing kits to the public at a half price.
The kit that is expected to be available on sell before the start of next year will be sold at Rwf 4,000 from the previous price of Rwf 7,000.
Dr Sabin Nsanzimana, the Division Manager, HIV/AIDS at RBC, told the media that self-testing was officially launched in December 2017 to complement other testing methods in place with a focus for people who are busy especially in Kigali Capital.
About 6,000 kits were supplied in Kigali alone and OVER 100,000 KITS are likely to be disturbed under a massive self-testing awareness campaign said RBC.
Kigali is said to have the highest rate of infection recorded at 6 percent according to research carried out in 2015, especially among the female sexual workers, Dr. Sabin added.
“This is a way of partnering with private pharmacies in order to make these kits available first in Kigali and with time we shall reach out to other districts. For the start, only 20 pharmacies will sell the kits at an affordable price.
24 percent of men and 16 percent of women have never had an HIV test RBC revealed with the highest percent realized to be among the age of 15-14 years.
Under the partnership, pharmacies will sell the kits but it was agreed that they should fetch a minimal profit while the manufacturer in the US has also established to subsidies the prices.
Dr. Sabin said that the negotiations were also extended to the Bethlehem-based OraSure Company (currently the only producer of Oral HIV test kit) which also agreed to sell to pharmacies at a lower price.
How Ora-Quick self-testing works
Most people assume that blood is involved in HIV testing. But with OraQuick, an oral swab is used for testing and requires no blood. By collecting oral fluid from your gums, you collect fluid similar to that used in blood testing.
So the OraQuick Test detects antibodies for HIV, not the virus itself.
You just gently swipe the test swab along your upper gums once and your lower gums once. Then you insert the swab inside the test tube provided and get your results in just 20 minutes.
Safe and approved by the FDA for use by adults (17 years of age or older), OraQuick is the first and only HIV test that delivers your results with all the comforts and privacy of home.
HIV antibodies from the oral fluid are collected through the swab.
If C-Line turns dark it confirms the test is working properly. If no C-Line appears, the test is not working.
If only C-Line appears, the test is negative, HIV antibodies from the oral fluid are collected through the swab. Once the device is inserted into the test tube, the oral fluid mixes with the liquid and travels up the test stick. If C-Line turns dark it confirms the test is working properly. If no C-Line appears, the test is not working.
If only C-Line appears, the test is negative.HIV antibodies collecting at the T-Line indicate the test is positive.