Stressing on the need for community-based HIV screening, and to achieve the goal UNAIDS goals of 90–90-90, Human Touch Foundation signed MoU with Goa State AIDS Control Society to augment a comprehensive AIDS response on 5th August 2019.
“Community-based screening (CBS) is an important approach for improving early diagnosis, reaching first time testers and people who seldom use clinical services, including men and adolescents in high-prevalence settings and HRG populations. Innovation in HIV testing is critical to meet these ambitious targets, and community-based HIV testing offers a promising solution to connect undiagnosed people with the services they need”, said Peter F. Borges, Chief Executive Officer, Human Touch Foundation.
He further shared that “Achieving the UNAIDS goals of 90–90-90 will require more than doubling the number of people accessing HIV care in Goa. The community-based testing programme for entry into HIV care will be an effective strategy to expand access to HIV care”.
The rapid HIV testing and counselling in community settings will be delivered by trained staff, which will allow easier access to and uptake of HIV testing and care.
Human Touch Foundation is a focused youth organisation engaging young people to address HIV, sexual and reproductive health, drug abuse and tuberculosis in Goa.