Thursday 20 February, 2020

US embassy donates 110,000 HIV testing kits to T&T

US Ambassador Joseph Mondello (left), Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh (right).

US Ambassador Joseph Mondello (left), Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh (right).

The United States, through its President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), continues to partner with Trinidad and Tobago's government to combat HIV and AIDS with US$2.5 million in funding for fiscal 2019.

This figure includes the in-kind value of 110,000 rapid HIV test kits donated by the United States and handed over by Ambassador Joseph Mondello to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh at the NIPDEC Central Warehouse, Airways Road, Chaguaramas on Wednesday.

“The 110,000 test kits and funding we hand over today will help ensure everyone in Trinidad and Tobago knows their HIV status, including migrants,” stated Ambassador Joseph Mondello.

“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has made real progress toward reaching the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, which aim for 90 percent of people living with HIV to know their status, 90 percent of those diagnosed to be on treatment, and 90 percent of those on treatment to achieve viral suppression.”

Minister Deyalsingh reinforced the Ministry’s commitment, by stating “The HIV and AIDS agenda continues to be an area of focus for the Ministry of Health due to the wider socio-economic impact of the epidemic.”

PEPFAR-established community service organizations will expand HIV testing services to key populations in Trinidad and Tobago infected and affected by HIV including Venezuelan migrants.

Additionally, a mobile HIV testing unit operated by the Medical Research Foundation will soon begin outreach to communities throughout Trinidad.

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