HIV Self-Testing Pilot Programme
In Singapore, most of the newly diagnosed HIV infections continue to be detected during the course of clinical care and typically at a late stage of HIV infection, with a very low proportion diagnosed from self-initiated testing. In addition, the National HIV Testing Recommendations recommend that every adult at the age of 21 years and above should be tested at least once in their life regardless of risk factors, and people at higher risk of HIV infection should be tested more frequently.
Anyone who wants to know their HIV status is encouraged to get tested. The National HIV Programme, together with our partners at Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control (DSC) Clinic and Action for AIDS (AfA), have introduced HIV self-testing to complement existing testing modalities in Singapore. The pilot programme aims to encourage individuals at risk to be tested, in turn increasing early diagnosis and early treatment for persons living with HIV. Under the pilot programme, HIV self-testing kits can be purchased from DSC and AfA by individuals above 21 years old and administered in the privacy of the individual's home from 1 August 2022.
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Media interview: Doctors recommend HIV self-test should be used six weeks after high-risk exposure
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk_midtRhV4
Online article: https://www.8world.com/singapore/hiv-testing-1914531
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection remains a public health priority in Singapore. The National HIV Programme (NHIVP) was established under the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) to coordinate this country-wide HIV response. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the NHIVP collaborates with clinicians and healthcare professionals, public health practitioners, academics and other stakeholders.
In line with the Ministry of Health's objectives to end HIV in Singapore, the NHIVP will:
Coordinate the formulation and recommendation of evidence-based guidelines on HIV testing, prevention, treatment and patient management;
Monitor HIV trends in Singapore through working with the National Public Health Epidemiology Unit (NPHEU) to conduct national epidemiological surveillance of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs);
Provide enhanced training to healthcare professionals to strengthen their competence and confidence in the management of patients with HIV; and
Develop HIV education campaigns to increase awareness and reduce related stigma in the general population.
The NHIVP Vision
Aimed at achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 / 95-95-95-95 targets and beyond, our vision is to provide quality and holistic patient-centred care for all persons living with HIV in Singapore and build an environment that is free from stigma and discrimination.
NHIVP provides policy and strategic oversight for the Enhanced HIV Programme. The programme has been operationalised by the respective Clinical HIV Programmes under NCID, National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and Changi General Hospital (CGH) to provide care for persons living with HIV.
National HIV Programme
NCID Clinical HIV Programme
A/Prof Sophia Archuleta
Dr Wong Chen Seong
Dr Choy Chiaw Yee (Clinical consultant)
Lavinia Lin (Programme admin)
Sally Low (Programme admin)
Dr Felicia Hong (Policy)
Geraldine Cheng (Policy)
Jessey Markose (Policy)
Dr Wong Chen Seong
Dr Choy Chiaw Yee
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For more information on HIV testing, prevention and treatment, education resources, and national HIV campaigns and projects, visit here.