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Self-diagnosis HIV test now available 

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A self-diagnosis HIV test is now available in pharmacies without prescription.

The move is part of the Spanish Ministry of Health’s bid to increase the early diagnosis of HIV in Spain in order to reduce the number of undiagnosed people (18%) and those diagnosed late (46%).

To implement this new diagnosis method, a partnership agreement was signed in October 2017 between the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality and the General Council of Official Associations of Pharmacists.

A guidebook seeks to provide community pharmacists with the necessary knowledge regarding the HIV self-diagnosis test – what the test is and what it can detect, the possible results, what they mean, confirmation of the result at a clinical laboratory, where to go for more information and other tests, etc. – so they can an-swer questions from poten-tial users regarding the dispensing of these pro-ducts.

For more information on the HIV Self-diagnosis Test and other methods of prevention, the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality also provides the public with a multi-channel information and prevention service on HIV and AIDS, which is free and confidential, and managed by the Spanish Red Cross via 900 111 000 and the Red Cross HIV Info website.