Chinese university selling HIV testing kits through vending machines

Chinese university selling HIV testing kits through vending machines

As part of its sincere efforts to fight back the potentially deadly health epidemic of HIV/AIDS, a Chinese university has started selling affordable infection testing kits through vending machines.

The Southwest Petroleum University in Nanchong City, southwestern China, said in a statement that students now have the option to test themselves for HIV/AIIDS at their convenience as vending machines now offer them affordable testing kits.

The urine test kits for detecting the disease cost just around $4.40 and are sold next to noodles and other snacks.

The move signifies Chinese health authorities' urgency in battling HIV/AIDS, which is on a quick rise among the youth. As per available data, more than half a million people in the Asian country are living with the disease.

The increase of HIV/AIDS is particularly perceptible amongst young homosexual individuals. Schools and higher educational institutions in China don't adequately programs on HIV/AIDS awareness. Infected people are often shunned by their friends and families. Stigma associated with the disease often discourages patients from seeking professional help.

In the U.S., the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a global health initiative, has played a key role in arresting the rapid increase in HIV infections. Launched in 2003 by former President George Bush, PEPFAR has helped tackle the unruly public health crisis by providing lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART) for nearly 10 million men, women and children.