Assessment of Over-the-Counter HIV Rapid Test Kits in Namibia

USAID/Namibia received anecdotal evidence suggesting that over-the-counter (OTC) HIV rapid test kits (RTKs) were being sold to consumers for HIV self-testing in private pharmacies in the capital, Windhoek; however, no published documentation was uncovered. In an effort to document the availability of HIV RTKs for OTC sale, and to understand the regulatory and policy context that governs these devices, AIDSTAR-One conducted a rapid assessment of the availability of HIV RTKs sold over the counter in private pharmacies, in collaboration with USAID/Washington’s Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID/Namibia, and the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services. With this report AIDSTAR-One aims to inform policymakers, donors, and other stakeholders’ decision making about the potential for private pharmacies in Namibia to increase access to HIV testing.

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