Enabling HIV self-testing in South Africa

M L Richter, W D F Venter, A Gray
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine | Vol 13, No 4 | a114 | DOI: | © 2012 M L Richter, W D F Venter, A Gray | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 December 2012 | Published: 04 October 2012

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M L Richter, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ghent University, Belgium
W D F Venter, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
A Gray, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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In a South African context, we consider the implications of the United States Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of the OraQuick HIV self-testing kit. We argue that current law and policy inhibit the roll-out of accurate and well-regulated self-testing kits, and create a loophole for sale in supermarkets, but not pharmacies.


HIV, HIV-testing, self-testing, policy


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