Alarms are raised on the market for unlicensed HIV testing equipment.
There is concern that the population may have access to unauthorized and substandard equipment in some health facilities. This raises the possibility of negative HIV test results, which could affect disease management and reduce the gains achieved so far.
While the National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Program (Nascop) has approved only four testing kits, those involved in the fight against HIV say untested testing kits are being sold to unconscious citizens, mainly through pharmacists. For example, several pharmacologists in Nairobi sell Erovita testing equipment, which is not on Nascop’s approved list.
As of September, Kenya’s approved testing equipment was Ora Quick, Insti, Sure Check and Atomo.