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SOMOSGAY offers the TEST FREE along with the MINISTRY OF HEALTH and PRONASIDA

SOMOSGAY offers the TEST FREE along with the MINISTRY OF HEALTH and PRONASIDA

access_timeOctober 22, 2009 01:21 am

The MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELL BEING through the PRONASIDA, along with SOMOSGAY opened a new Counseling and Voluntary Testing Service with the ELISA "FREE TEST". This service will be available all Fridays from 4pm to 9pm at the SOMOSGAY CENTER (Manduvirá 367 between Chile and Alberdi).

The MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELL BEING through the PRONASIDA, along with SOMOSGAY opened a new Counseling and Voluntary Testing Service with the ELISA "FREE TEST". This service will be available all Fridays from 4pm to 9pm at the SOMOSGAY CENTER (Manduvirá 367 between Chile and Alberdi).
The Area Life and Health of the Organization SOMOSGAY offers this service for free and in a voluntary and confidential manner. This will be available since October 23rd of 2009, as part of the combined strategy of SOMOSGAY to raise the prevention of AIDS in the LGBT community. The privileged location of the SOMOSGAY CENTER offers the ease to reach to an important number of people in the community.
It is the first time that this service is available in an LGBT community center of the country. SOMOSGAY and the Ministry of Public Health and Social Well Being give the first step to bigger commitment to raise the access to this type of services for the Paraguayan community in general and the LGBT community specifically.
The FREE TESTS service offers several advantages to the traditional tests. The main omen is that it offers a short waiting time for the results, which are ready in only twenty minutes, making possible to know the serological status and have counseling in only one visit. This could help to raise the amount of people that take the test and lower the quantity of people who do not come back for their results.
The rapid FREE TEST is done through a finger-prick blood test. The person in charge of the test puts the blood sample in a testing tube with chemical substances to process it. The results are ready in approximately 20 minutes or less.
The HIV infection has a bigger impact on the population of gay males due to the homophobia. Therefore, SOMOSGAY restates its compromise to improve the integral health of the citizens of Asuncion, this is done through the services that will contribute to this end.
Visit us at the SOMOSGAY CENTER in Manduvirá 367 and Chile or contact us at (021) 446 258.

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Simón Cazal

Co-Fundador y Director Ejecutivo, SOMOSGAY