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Free HIV testing kits from SH:24

TESTING: SH:24 offer free home HIV self-tests

HIV TESTING, prevention and treatment has made huge progress in recent years. Increases in testing and effective treatment as prevention are starting to see results, as in 2016, new HIV diagnoses decreased, despite the same levels of testing (PHE, 2017).

One innovation that is helping is home HIV testing. There are two ways to screen for HIV at home - a HIV self-test where you take a finger prick of blood and get results in 15 minutes or a HIV self-sample test where you collect around 15 drops of blood in a tiny pot and return it to a lab. With either type of test, you get illustrated instructions and can watch a video online which has been proven to help people complete the test.

Digital sexual and reproductive health social enterprise, SH:24 is offering people across the UK a choice of free home HIV self-test or self-sample to better understand what factors influence choice of kit.

SH:24 have processed over 200,000 home STI tests since 2015 and have won multiple awards for their service. People who choose the HIV self-sample test will have their results delivered by text or over the phone by one of SH:24’s trained clinicians and referred for treatment when appropriate.

People who select the HIV self-test will also get a telephone call from a clinician as a follow up to the test and appropriate referral if required. All participants can access support from SH:24 at any time. SH:24 will ask participants complete a short survey to help inform future HIV prevention research and service development at SH:24.

If you would like to order a free HIV test to your door please visit the website here.

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