MDACS will offer free HIV tests at six railway stations ahead of World Aids Day

MDACS will put up kiosks at CSTM, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Ghatkopar and Borivali stations to make the test easily accessible

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Ahead of World Aids Day which falls on December 1, Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) will be offering free HIV tests at six railway stations where there are maximum footfalls. This has been done to change the negative attitude towards HIV testing. 

From December, the test will be available for a week at ₹75, almost a fifth of the usual cost at 700 laboratories of the private Metropolis laboratory. Dr Shrikala Acharya of MDACS said that their main focus is to normalise HIV testing. She added that at present, if people are asked to undergo a test by their doctor, they come up with an excuse to avoid it. 

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Currently, there are 38,000 people with the virus who have registered with MDACS in Mumbai.

MDACS will put up kiosks at CSTM, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Ghatkopar and Borivali stations to make the test easily accessible. She said MDACS will carry out social media campaigns with Marathi film and TV actors to promote HIV testing. 

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