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Ogun Govt. Unveils Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Test Kit

Ogun State Government has unveiled a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test kit for testing in the comfort and privacy of homes. 

The test kits was unveiled by the wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun to commemorate the 2020 World AIDS Day in Abeokuta.

Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Tomi Coker while speaking at the event, described the HIV self-testing as a process which enables a person to know his or her HIV status by collecting a specimen, performing a test, and interpreting the test result in private.

Dr Coker noted that one HIV self-testing does not provide a definitive diagnosis, saying that it is a screening test for the presence of HIV One and Two antibodies or HIV One-P-Twenty Four Antigen.

She explained that Ogun State was the first in the country to launch the HIV self-test kit after Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe

The commissioner assured that the present administration in Ogun State would not relent in the fight against the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Ogun State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Kehinde Fatungase had commended the zeal of the state government in the fight against HIV despite the Covid-19 pandemic,

Wale Oluokun

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