HIV testing kits in short supply – PNG

Alison Anis; 17/1/08

Clinics in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province, have reportedly run-out of HIV testing kits due to increasing numbers of people turning up for tests after attending HIV/AIDS awareness programmes. The sister-in-charge of St Joseph clinic in Goroka Catherine Chinou reported that they now face shortages in chest-buffer and determine-strips (strips use to mix solutions to determine whether a person is HIV positive or not) because they were getting new visitors everyday, with a high number of regulars queuing up for blood tests. “The number of visits seems to be increasing everyday as more and more people turn up in groups to get their blood tested for HIV,” Sr Chinou said. “We had more than 2,000 visitors for voluntary testing and counselling since opening up our services in 2005.” She added that people there were very eager to come forward and get tested.