As part of the Bright Fest, representatives of the Ministry of Healthcare and the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS co-held an action of rapid HIV self-testing using oral fluid samples. All festival guests could take an anonymous and free rapid HIV test or to get one for their friends.
Throughout the day, 250 tests were made. Anzhelika Pushnova, a singer and TV presenter, waited for the result anxiously. “My palms were covered with sweat a little because when you take such a test or participate in such an action you always feel nervous anyway...
This was my first HIV test; this is why I am so emotional. I have come with my boy-friend and we have both taken the test. It’s not painful at all. You don't have to give blood, and this is what I was afraid of most of all. It’s just that simple! Even more so I was given a very good consultation and explanations.”
The action was conducted as part of cooperation with the 2nd European Games.