More to be done for self-care in sexual and reproductive health in India

India has some distance to go before self-care interventions for sexual and reproductive health becomes freely available to women in need. Unlike home-based pregnancy testing, hurdles remain in accessing abortion pills, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention and HIV self-test. Self-care, which mostly takes place outside the formal health system, is nothing new. What has indeed … Continue reading More to be done for self-care in sexual and reproductive health in India

The self-test option for HIV

With the World Health Organisation releasing guidelines on HIV self-testing, a major obstacle in improving access to diagnosis has been cleared. Though much progress has been achieved in India in making HIV testing accessible and free of cost, many infected persons remain unaware of their status. Across the world, nearly 40 per cent of people … Continue reading The self-test option for HIV

HIV self-testing: ‘The benefits far outweigh the risks to society’

    The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test was recently approved by the FDA advisory committee for sale over the counter. FDA regulators will take a decision in a few months' time. The committee felt that the benefits of the oral swab test far outweigh the risks of false positive and false negative test results. Dr … Continue reading HIV self-testing: ‘The benefits far outweigh the risks to society’