by tinomuda chakanyuka
ZIMBABWE is set to start its HIV self-testing programme at the beginning of next month on a pilot basis, with more than 375 000 expected to take part in the study.
This follows the successful launch of the HIV self-testing programme for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi in Harare in December last year. The programme will see people now being able to test themselves for HIV through saliva swabs.
Zimbabwe’s pilot project, also known as STAR, will run for the next two years before being rolled out at full scale with over $23 million having been secured for the project.
Director of Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Owen Mugurungi told Sunday News last week that the programme will kick off after a lower scale study was successfully done in Harare and Shamva.