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Shortage of HIV test kits at govt. centres in Karnataka

Shortage of HIV test kits at govt. centres in Karnataka

Context:

At (Karnataka) government-run Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC) acute shortage of the third-level HIV testing kits — AIDS SCAN, (a rapid Trispot test) — for the last two months.

Why this test is important?

Without the third test, HIV diagnosis of symptomatic individuals is incomplete.

The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) follows the Strategy III for confirmation of HIV diagnosis of symptomatic individuals and Strategy II (B) for confirmation of HIV diagnosis in symptomatic individuals.

Why acute shortage of testing kits in karnataka?

 National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and there is a delay from their side.

NACO directed karnataka govt to use ELISA test

Fact sheet:

There are 565 ICTCs for the HIV-affected, where they are tested for free. Though the shortage has not affected private hospitals, many people from the lower-income families cannot afford testing in private laboratories.

HIV tests:

  • Nucleic acid based test(NAT)
  • ELISA test

About NACO:

  • The National AIDS Control Organisation, established in 1992 is a division of India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that provides leadership to HIV/AIDS control programme in India 
  • Headquarter-New delhi

 

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