Free HIV Testing Bus 2019 also known as FTB 2019, is a community based HIV testing service provided to the people of Terai region of Nepal. This project is supported by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and is run in collaboration with National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) and National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal (NAP+N). In this project, a delivery van is customized to a mobile clinic which moves to the core communities of Terai region of Nepal having minimal health service facility for HIV testing. This project mainly targets the migrant population and their family. Our project has also been contributing in the VISION 2020 of Nepal Government following strategy IRRTTR (Identity, Reach, Recommend, Test, Treat, Retain) to support Nepal Government for eliminating HIV/AIDS as Public Health Problem.
The project started in 2018 and since then it has been providing free access to HIV services in vulnerable communities of Terai region of Nepal. In 2019, ‘We’ were able to provide free HIV Testing facilities to 8,013 community people from 8 core districts of Terai region of Nepal. Along with providing testing facility, the modiﬁed testing clinic van was able to spread awareness on safe sexual practices and HIV/AIDS among 20,000 local population of targeted districts. The targeted 8 districts Free HIV Testing Bus moved are: