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HIV/AIDS

17 February 2011

HIV testing in schools is a minefield

South Africa is preparing to take HIV testing into the classroom as part of its national voluntary HIV testing and counselling campaign.

South Africa is preparing to take HIV testing into the classroom as part of its national voluntary HIV testing and counselling (VCT) campaign, but testing kids is controversial and implementing the programme is fraught with challenges - just ask those already doing it.

15 million to be tested

Launched in April 2010, South Africa's VCT campaign is seeking to test 15 million South Africans by April 2011. A schools-based component was included from the outset, but public debate did not erupt until the Department of Health (DoH) announced it had pushed back the February 2011 start date for student testing to allow it and the Ministry of Basic Education to formulate a child-sensitive VCT strategy.

 

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