‘No backup plan’: Funding for HIV self-testing kits ending in March – CTV

Feb. 19, 2024

Prossy Luzige often gets calls from people looking for HIV tests that they can do in the privacy of their own homes.

The program co-ordinator at CAYR Community Connections in Ontario says the take-home tests are crucial to connecting with people as Canada’s HIV infections climb.

But the groundbreaking initiative to provide the kits across Canada is in peril, as funding runs out at the end of March.

“What will happen after the funding ends?” Luzige asked. “What kind of answer are we going to give such community members?”

The federal government indicated it is looking to sunset the self-test program, said Sean Rourke, a scientist who was a principal investigator in a study that helped get the tests approved in Canada.

“There is no backup plan here,” he said.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/no-backup-plan-funding-for-hiv-self-testing-kits-ending-in-march-1.6774345

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