For Immediate Release*
#StayNegatHIVe Campaign Provides Free HIV Testing Nationwide
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 December 2017 – Lablink Medical Laboratory has collaborated with the Malaysian AIDS Council on a national free confidential HIV testing campaign #StayNegatHIVe in conjunction with World AIDS Day 2017.
For one month between 1 and 31 December 2017, Lablink Medical Laboratory will offer a total of 1,200 free HIV testing and free doctor’s consultations to participants of the campaign at any of the 25 participating panel clinics nationwide.
The campaign was created to encourage HIV testing among Malaysians, particularly those at greater risk. This objective is aligned with the first of the three 95-95-95 goals of the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s National Strategic Plan on Ending AIDS 2016-2030, which is to achieve a 95 percent HIV testing rate among key populations at risk by 2030.
Providing confidential HIV testing for free in a safe, private, non-judgmental environment is one of the measures to reduce barriers to HIV testing. It also complements the free confidential voluntary HIV testing and counselling services provided by the Ministry of Health Malaysia at health clinics.
Making HIV testing more accessible is one of the ways to reduce the fear and stigma associated with HIV and AIDS and to intensify the dialogue around HIV prevention, treatment and other related issues.
#StayNegatHIVe is also a response to the rise in sexual transmission of HIV which accounted for an alarming 84 percent of new infections reported last year. As more Malaysians become increasingly vulnerable, the need to encourage Malaysians to know their HIV status cannot be overstated.
Members of the public are invited to participate in this campaign by simply walking into any #StayNegatHIVe panel clinics. Appointments are not required. Pre and post-test consultations conducted by medical doctors together with the HIV test are provided for free.
To learn more about #StayNegatHIVe, visit http://www.kpjlablink.com/csr/.
*Note: This news was updated on 6 December 2017.
Lablink Medical Laboratory
Dr Mohd Shafiq Aazmi | 017.715.2086 | [email protected]
Malaysian AIDS Council
Zaki Arzmi | 016.292.2948 | [email protected]
About Lablink Medical Laboratory
Lablink Medical Laboratory is the largest private hospital laboratory in Malaysia wholly owned by KPJ Healthcare Berhad. Lablink hospital’s laboratory networks are accredited with JCI, MSQH & IMS accreditation in its branches. Lablink is the first private medical laboratory equipped with the laboratory facilities Bio-Safety Level 3. Other services provided by Lablink such as Haematology, Microbiology, Serology, Histopathology, Cytology, Biochemistry and Molecular Test. Learn more at www.kpjlablink.com.
About Malaysian AIDS Council
The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) was established in 1992 to serve as an umbrella organisation to support and coordinate the efforts of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on HIV and AIDS issues in Malaysia. MAC works in close partnership with government agencies, the private sector and international organisations, to ensure a committed and effective NGO-led response to the HIV epidemic. In addition to providing nationwide coverage of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, MAC and its Partner Organisations serve as the common voice for communities most affected by HIV and AIDS in the country. Learn more at www.mac.org.my.