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Three more places for anonymous HIV testing

The Health Ministry announces three additional sites in Singapore that will conduct anonymous HIV tests from July 1.

SINGAPORE: From July 1, three more places will offer anonymous HIV testing. Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Monday (June 30) that the new sites are:

  • Doctors Clinic & Surgery (Woodlands)
  • Kensington Family Clinic (Serangoon Garden Estate)
  • Q&M Medical & Aesthetic Clinic (Tampines Central) 

This brings the total of sites offering such HIV testing to 10. The full list is available at the Health Promotion Board website.

The anonymous HIV testing programme does not require people to leave their names, NRIC numbers or contact numbers, and was introduced to encourage early detection. Last year, two out of every five new cases already had late stage HIV infection when diagnosed.

MOH also reports that the total number of anonymous HIV tests carried out in Singapore has grown from about 5,500 tests in 2005 to almost 14,000 tests in 2013. 

Name-based, but confidential HIV testing is also widely available at general practitioner clinics, polyclinics and hospitals in Singapore. More information can be found here

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