Why there is a need for HIV rapid tests?

Current research provides evidence suggesting Latvia takes 1st place in Europe regarding newly discovered cases of HIV, against the overal population of Latvia. According to research, around 1/4 of infected HIV patients do not have knowledge about their HIV status.

Taking tests is the only way to check Your HIV status. Checking at least once a year helps prevent further spreading , reduces recovery time and provides longer a lifespan.

Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control indicates that the prevalence of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (hereinafter referred to as MSM) in many countries accounts for up to 40% of the total newly discovered cases.

Additionally, preponderance of HIV in Latvia is growing among MSM, according to data from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control and information from the website of the “Baltic HIV Association”.

Timely, HIV testing and counseling about prevention activities are an effective measure to curb the HIV epidemic.