It is important in the fight to achieve ZERO HIV in Brighton & Hove by 2030 that people take a regular HIV test.
The Martin Fisher Foundation’s vision is to accelerate TOWARDS ZERO HIV stigma, ZERO new HIV infections and ZERO deaths from HIV in Brighton & Hove, and the Foundation are currently working with stakeholders to develop a Towards Zero HIV strategy and implementation plan that will set out ways in which everyone can contribute to this important aspirational goal. Central to their plans is that people take a regular HIV test.
You can give feedback to the strategy by February 25.
Here are your options when you want to take an HIV test.
On-line self-testing: 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.
Price currently £29.95
On-line self-sampling: 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.
Sexual Health & Contraception (SHAC East, Central & West)
An experienced sexual health team providing a confidential and non-judgemental service. Book appointments on 01273 523388 or text 88020, write BN2 BOOKG in message area
This test is free
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)
Rapid HIV finger-prick testing, result within 20 minutes. This confidential and non-judgemental service is for gay and bisexual men and all African men and women.
Terrence Higgins Trust, 61 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AE, telephone: 01273 764200
Brighton Sauna, 75 Grand Parade, Brighton
Rapid HIV finger-prick testing delivered by Terrence Higgins Trust. Result delivered within 5-10 minutes .Wednesday evenings from 6.00-8.00pm:
Self-testing kits will be available over coming months
Free testing for men who have sex with men. No appointment required, entry to sauna is free for access to testing only.
Pavilions (drug and alcohol services)
Support available to anyone concerned about their drug or alcohol use, or for the families and 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