Kit sent to you on request through the post. A ‘self-testing’ kit gives a result in a few minutes, without anyone else being involved. The test will tell you if there are no signs of HIV, or if the test is ‘reactive’ and it cannot rule out the presence of HIV infection. ‘Reactive’ test results must be confirmed in a health care setting. Costs £29.95.
Kit sent to you on request through the post. A ‘sampling-kit’ is where you take a sample using the kit (usually blood or saliva), send it off to a laboratory, and you receive the result about 1 week later. Free for certain individuals who may be at greater risk of HIV.
SEXUAL HEALTH & CONTRACEPTION SERVICES (SHAC)
SHAC is a free and confidential specialist service open to everyone regardless of age and sexuality. We offer a mix of appointments and a ‘walk-in and wait’ service at three sites across the city. Specialist clinics for men who have sex with men (Clinic M), trans, non-binary or gender variant individuals (Clinic T), young people (YPC) & women (Clinic W). Appointments available through website or 01273 523388.
TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST (THT)
Terrence Higgins Trust is at the forefront of the fight against HIV and improving the nation’s sexual health. There are several drop in sessions offering free rapid HIV tests throughout the week – a fingerprick test with results several minutes later (61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE, 01273 764200) www.tht.org.uk/brightontests
THT also offer free on-line HIV self-test kits for certain high risk groups test.tht.org.uk/
Sex on premises venue for men who have sex with men only. Free self-testing kits available from digital vending machine in the reception area. Rapid HIV finger-prick testing delivered by THT, result within 5-10 minutes Weds evenings 6.00-8.00pm, some Saturdays and other drop-in sessions
No appointment required, can access tests at reception without need for sauna entry.
PAVILIONS (DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES)
Support available to anyone concerned about their drug or alcohol use, or for the families & carers supporting those struggling with substance misuse.
Free HIV testing available for clients of the service
THROUGH YOUR GP
You can attend your GP to discuss having an HIV test. Most GPs will be happy to do this for you. Having a negative HIV test result does not impact on insurance, health or life assurance policies.