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HIV testing from home

05 Jun 2020

 

It’s HIV Testing Week from 1-7 June and this year the community are being reminded that HIV testing is still important, even in the current context of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 outbreak may have changed the way some sexual health services operate, meaning that it may not be as easy to access HIV testing as it normally is. However, it’s still important that anyone who may have been exposed to HIV continue to get tested.

Dried Blood Spot (DBS) testing is an option for people who meet eligibility criteria to test for HIV at home, without needing to visit a doctor.

DBS testing is an option for people who don’t want to go out to visit a doctor or a sexual health service. The kit comes confidentially in the mail and the results are available via text, email or over the phone.  

Community members can order a free test kit online, then follow the instructions to provide a fingerprick blood sample on the test card provided. Posting the test card back to the laboratory for testing is free, and tests results are available in a week.

For more information visit the NSW Health website.