12 July 2013
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Oil Search Health Foundation reaches 30,000 HIV tests in PNG

30,000 HIV Tests

The Oil Search Health Foundation (OSHF) HIV Program recorded its 30,000th HIV test this week. Commencing HIV program support in late 2007, OSHF has played a major role in the scale-up of HIV testing in the Southern Highlands and Gulf provinces. Last year the team launched an additional round of support in Hela and Morobe provinces.

The dedicated HIV Care & Prevention team have provided clinical training and mentorship, monitoring and evaluation support and logistical assistance to ensure a continuous supply of HIV test kits, medication and condoms to rural and remote health facilities.

This is a major milestone for the Oil Search Health Foundation that could not have been achieved without the full support and commitment of provincial health staff. All involved are to be commended.

– Kevin Miles, HIV Specialist

Of the 30,000 HIV tests, 419 (1.4%) have been confirmed as HIV positive. Many of these individuals continue to receive antiretroviral medication and ongoing support in the 35 health facilities that the OSHF supports.

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