A new HIV testing service has launched in NSW, allowing people to mail off a sample of their blood and receive their results by phone, SMS or email. There’s no need to visit a doctor, clinic or pathology centre.
DBS HIV testing is for people living in New South Wales, who are over 16 years old. The test is for gay and other men who have sex with men, people from Africa or Asia and people who have current or previous sexual partners from Africa or Asia.
For other groups of people, conventional laboratory HIV testing may be more suitable.
Between April 2015 and February 2016, almost 28,000 people have paid £29.95 for a kit allowing them to test for HIV at home, according to a presentation at the British HIV Association conference in Manchester last week. Marketing on Grindr has been important to driving sales, which have been concentrated in non-urban areas.