Tajikistan is among the countries where HIV prevalence has increased by more than 25% over the last 10 years. Tajikistan is at the early stage of an HIV/AIDS epidemic, with an estimated 16,000 people living with HIV at the end of 2015. Although the proportion of new HIV cases diagnosed among PWID seems to have fallen dramatically over time (down to 22.4% in 2015), PWID still bear a disproportionate number of HIV infections. In Tajikistan the number of sterile needles and other commodities per PWID per year is still very low.

We are very proud to announce the opening of a HIV voluntary counselling and rapid testing point in Qurghonteppa, Tajikistan. This testing point will be situated in the representative office of RPO “AFEW-Tajikistan” in Khatlon region.

The official opening ceremony of the HIV voluntary counselling and rapid testing point is supported by the Administration on public health and social protection of population of the Hukumat of Khatlon region and the Regional AIDS Center. During the opening, 25 representatives of governmental, international and public organizations will learn about experience of the RPO “AFEW-Tajikistan” in introduction of HIV voluntary counselling and rapid testing service.

The activity is conducted within “Bridging the Gaps: Health and rights of key populations funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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