The Department of Health is investigating the compulsory HIV tests at state clinics.
The investigations follow the Times newspaper report two weeks ago that staff at Ikhutseng Community Clinic, in Klipgat village, North West, refused to treat patients unless they submitted to an HIV test.
Department spokesperson, Fidel Hadebe, admitted that the practice was widespread. Hadebe based his opinion on contact with colleagues who confirmed the prevalence of the practice in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West.
"We need to make these facilities accessible to the public and avoid incidents where patients go straight to hospitals for treatment instead of starting at these public health centres," explained Hadebe.
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