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Testing for HIV

29 July 2013

On 28 June the “Real World, Real People” NGO, together with World Vision Armenia, organised an HIV Testing Day on Northern Avenue. The initiative, funded by the EU, gave the opportunity to passers-by to have a HIV test and learn the results 30 minutes later.
The aim of this event was to raise awareness about the fact that HIV is not the deadly illness that it was 10-15 years ago and that it is preventable if detected early. The initiative was conducted with the help of the National Centre for AIDS Prevention of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia.
‘As strong discrimination against people who are HIV positive exists not only in Armenia but also worldwide, HIV testing also has stigma attached. By organising this kind of event with public HIV testing we want to emphasise that there is nothing bad or horrible involved,’ said Hovhannes Madoyan, Director and Board Member of “Real World, Real People”.

In Armenia there are 1445 people registered as HIV positive 70 percent of whom are men. 24 children are recorded as being infected. More information on HIV in Armenia is available on the website www.armaids.am.

“Real World, Real People” was founded in 2003 by a group of young people who wanted to unite people living with HIV in Armenia and provide them with care and support. The organisation’s mission is to increase the quality of life for people living with HIV and their families, to strengthen the idea of self- and mutual help within the community, and to unite communities by providing direct psychological, social and legal services.

Testing for HIV

On 28 June the “Real World, Real People” NGO, together with World Vision Armenia, organised an HIV Testing Day on Northern Avenue. The initiative, funded by the EU, gave the opportunity to passers-by to have a HIV test and learn the results 30 minutes later. The aim of this event was to raise awareness about the fact that HIV is not the deadly illness that it was 10-15 years ago and that it is preventable if detected early. The initiative was conducted with the help of the National Centre for AIDS Prevention of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia. ‘As strong discrimination against people who are HIV positive exists not only in Armenia but also worldwide, HIV testing also has stigma attached. By organising this kind of event with public HIV testing we want to emphasise that there is nothing bad or horrible involved,’ said Hovhannes Madoyan, Director and Board Member of “Real World, Real People”. In Armenia there are 1445 people registered as HIV positive 70 percent of whom are men. 24 children are recorded as being infected. More information on HIV in Armenia is available on the website www.armaids.am. “Real World, Real People” was founded in 2003 by a group of young people who wanted to unite people living with HIV in Armenia and provide them with care and support. The organisation’s mission is to increase the quality of life for people living with HIV and their families, to strengthen the idea of self- and mutual help within the community, and to unite communities by providing direct psychological, social and legal services.