From Pink News, Benjamin Butterworth reports on Terrence Higgins Trust's bid to reduce the number of Brits who are unaware of their status.
A charity is offering thousands of HIV home testing kits for free.
Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV and sexual health charity, is giving away 2,000 kits in a bid to reduce the number of Brits who are unaware of their status. The charity reports that one in seven people who are HIV-positive do not know their status.
Gay and bisexual men, along with black African men and women, are the most-likely to be affectived by HIV. The home-testing kits can identify a person’s results in just 60 seconds, as unlike postal testing you do not need to send your sample away.
Seven volunteers for the charity have shared videos of themselves using the bioLytical INSTI HIV self test kit, which is said to be the world’s fastest. Imraan Sathar, a company director from London who took the test, said: “A lot of sexual health clinics are only open during working hours in the week, and weekends are always super busy.
“The option to have an HIV testing kit delivered to me and producing a result almost immediately is infinitely more convenient for me. I think the self-test giveaway is a great idea, and so I wanted to share my video to show people that there’s now a really straightforward way to find out your HIV status.”
Dr Michael Brady, Medical Director at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Today, these individuals have led the way by showing just how quick and easy it is to test yourself for HIV. We’re really excited to give two thousand more people the opportunity to take an HIV test in their own homes.
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: "Acting on this knowledge will drive good public policy and clinical practice – encouraging prompt access to testing, treatment and support, as well as dramatically reducing HIV stigma."
"In the five countries where the HIV epidemic is now being driven by injection drug use—China, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam—drug users are the least likely to know their HIV status and be taking HIV medications." From Newsweek, Jessica Wapner