Beijing universities offer HIV self-test kits

Local news reports in China say 11 universities in Haidian District of Beijing now offer HIV self-test kits in campus vending machines, writes Sun Wenyu for People’s Daily Online.

Beijing Youth Daily reported last week that the service is expected to be expanded to another two campuses, Beijing Language and Culture University and Beijing International Studies University, this year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Haidian, the service will cover all university campuses in Beijing next year.

Haidian has a dense concentration of universities, and college students have a higher risk of becoming HIV-positive. To enhance prevention and control of the virus, the disease centre started promoting self-test kits on campuses in Beijing this year. The kits cost CNY298 (US$45) but are only sold for CNY30 on campuses. Samples can be submitted anonymously to medical institutions for testing and the results are available online within 10 days.
Full report on the People’s Daily Online site