Three more anonymous HIV testing centres to be set up next year

Three more anonymous HIV testing centres will be set up next year, bringing the total to 10.

The purpose is to encourage early testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) so that infected individuals can access care earlier.

Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor announced the move at a fund-raising event at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Tuesday morning.

The annual number of anonymous HIV tests carried out doubled to 11,000 last year, from about 5,500 in 2005, following an increase in the number of anonymous test sites and the introduction of a mobile testing service.

Said Dr Khor: "With early detection and treatment, people living with HIV can access care earlier, continue working and enjoy a relatively normal life."