Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Topical Issue Debate
I thank Deputy Ryan. I was privileged last week to launch at Outhouse on Capel Street on World AIDS Day the free rapid HIV testing that was being provided on the day on a number of locations nationally. It is a matter which is of grave concern to everybody in the Department of Health and the HSE. To that end, access to testing has been increased this year. If people are concerned, they can access testing that is widely available and free through www.hivservices.iewhere they will find local venues for HIV and STI testing. It is a very important website for anybody in this day and age. With people using the Internet to access information, it is crucial that they access good information. As such, www.hivservices.ie is the place for them to start as well as the man2man.iewebsite. The HSE has said that the demonstration project will commence later this year or in early 2017. The pressure is certainly on to achieve this. I will certainly bring the Deputy's concerns to the attention of the HSE which will be delivering this and try to provide him with an actual timeline. I would be happy to do that.