Tanzania lowers HIV self-testing age to 15

The Tanzanian parliament has passed a new law allowing HIV/AIDS self-testing and lowering the age of HIV testing without parental consent to 15 years.

 "These amendments will significantly accelerate our intentions to meet the 90-90-90 goals which aim at ending the AIDS epidemic by 2020," Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu told the House in the capital Dodoma.

The 90-90-90 is an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic. It states that by 2020, 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

SEE ALSO :Coach Kimanzi lashes out at Cecafa officials

Mr Mwalimu was speaking after MPs passed the amendments of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act, 2019 tabled in Parliament under the Written Laws Miscellaneous Amendment Bill, 2019.

The new law will allow 15 years old children to undergo HIV/AIDS self testing, but insists the process should be voluntary.

The law also requires a person assisting another one to undertake HIV self-testing to comply with principles of confidentiality.

For More of This and Other Stories, Grab Your Copy of the Standard Newspaper.  

Do not miss out on the latest news. Join the Standard Digital Telegram channel HERE.

Get the latest summary of news in your email every morning. Subscribe below

* indicates required
TanzaniaHIV/AIDSHIV/AIDS self-testing