Expert suggests removing age limit for taking HIV test

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Expert suggests removing age limit for taking HIV test

Expert suggests removing age limit for taking HIV test

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Today, many Kazakhstan teenagers cannot be tested for HIV without parental consent, which affects indicators of improved access to care. This was announced at a meeting in Nur-Sultan by a specialist on HIV / AIDS, health and adolescent development of the UNICEF regional office for Europe and Central Asia, Ruslan Malyuta, Kazpravda.kz correspondent reports.

"The age limit for the provision of help in HIV and sexually transmitted infections is actually a problem that is being debated in Parliament. There is a certain restriction on the age of HIV testing. Parental consent is required to do an HIV test. Many of our 15-16 year-olds are already sexually active, and imagine a child who is using drugs. Will he bring his parents and do an HIV test? It is unlikely. Therefore in many countries it is allowed to do the test without parental consent from 13-14 years old," Malyuta said.

According to him, eliminating the age barrier would improve access to help.

Kazakhstan is one of the countries with the youngest contingent affected by the HIV epidemic. Incidence of HIV infection among the general population is 1.82 per 1000 people, among the age group 15-19 year olds - 0.92 per 1000 people. In 2018, 532 adolescents under 18 with HIV infection were recorded.
 

AUTHOR:

Zhanat Tukpiev

15:01, 9 December 2019

Источник: http://www.kazpravda.kz

 

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