The Ministry of Health is organizing the national human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening campaign from November 1 to December 1, 2018 under the motto "Take the test, the solution exists".
Initiated as part of the celebration of World AIDS Day 2018 and the implementation of the 2017-2021 National AIDS Strategic Plan, this campaign aims to test 200,000 people, prioritizing pregnant women to prevent cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, youth and populations at greater risk or vulnerable to HIV in collaboration with all governmental and non-governmental partners, says a statement from the Ministry of Health.
At the same time, a social and community mobilization and communication campaign will be launched to raise awareness of the importance of preventing and promoting HIV testing and combating all forms of stigmatization of people living with HIV, the statement said.
Of the roughly 20,000 people living with HIV in Morocco, almost 30% do not know their serostatus and therefore do not have access to treatment.
Screening centers under the Ministry of Health and mobile testing units and units under thematic NGOs are available to anyone wishing to take the free HIV test. These centers are listed on a map published on the Ministry of Health websites and on their official Facebook pages.