Launch of free HIV test distributors in Brighton and Hove

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A SET of free vending machines for sexual health and HIV testing has been officially launched.

The machines were launched at five locations in Brighton and Hove on Friday 8 October.

Vending machines offer free sexual health self-sampling kits and HIV self-tests.

The sexual health kits contain swabs and blood collection materials that will be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV when mailed back to the Sexual Health Clinic.

HIV self-tests are 99.7 percent accurate and using just one drop of blood give a result in just 15 minutes.

The kits are intended for people without symptoms who want to check their sexual health or HIV status.

The five locations of the new free vending machines are:

• Jubilee Library, Brighton

• Portland Road, Hove (between Wish Park Surgery and Kamsons Pharmacy)

• Wellsbourne Healthcare CIC, Whitehawk

• Brighton Sauna, Brighton

• Black and Minority Ethnic Community Project Center, Brighton

The initiative is jointly managed by the Martin Fisher Foundation and the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.

Brighton and Hove City Council Chief Phélim Mac Cafferty welcomed the new service to the city.

He said: “Brighton and Hove is an HIV city, which means we are working together to end all new HIV cases by 2030.

“For this to happen, anyone exposed to HIV must get tested for HIV and know their HIV status. Having free test kits more readily available will help us achieve this.

“We have some of the best HIV support, treatment and prevention services and community organizations in the country. And I am delighted that the Jubilee Library is one of the venues for this vital new service.

City Council Health and Welfare Chairperson Sue Shanks also attended the official launch of the new machines at an event at the Jubilee Library on Friday.

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