Rapid HIV testing
Charles Machiridza, 52, a nurse at the Chiparawe Clinic, Marondera, administers a HIV test.
"We try to encourage couples to come to get tested or if one has tested positive, the other should come as soon as possible. Usually it is the woman that finds out first, but trying to get her husband in is a challenge", says Charles.
Rapid HIV tests can yield results in less than ten minutes. If a woman tests positive for HIV, she will be offered support from on-site counsellors to help her come to terms with her diagnosis and begin her enrolment on the PMTCT program. Understanding one’s HIV status is the critical first step in preventing mother-to-child transmission.
To find out more about how the UK government is tackling the spread of HIV and AIDS in developing countries, please visit: www.dfid.gov.uk/wad2010
Words and pictures supplied by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which is partly funded by the UK Government.