Trans STI self-testing kits launched at Brighton & Hove Trans Pride

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and Clinic T launch trans STI self-testing kits at Brighton & Hove Trans Pride

Leading HIV and sexual health charity, THT and trans sexual health clinic, Clinic T, joined forces on Saturday (July 22) at Brighton and Hove Trans Pride to raise awareness of good sexual health in Brighton.

Brand new trans inclusive sexually transmitted infection (STI) self-testing kits were given away at the city’s fifth Trans Pride to encourage testing, diagnosing and treating of sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

 

The free kits are one of the UK’s first trans inclusive self-testing kits, where the contents and information are inclusive to everyone, whether it be trans, non-binary or gender variant. The kits are easy, quick and convenient to use.

Terrence Higgins Trust and CLINIC T have also set up STI testing stations at sexual health clinics city-wide, so that anyone can return their kits conveniently, where the samples will be tested in the lab. Results are then delivered privately and confidentially by either text message or email.

Staff and volunteers from the two organisations joined the Trans Pride march, the largest to date with over 1,500 people, to Brunswick Square, where the celebrations continued, and local people found out more about HIV, good sexual health, and were given STI self-testing kits, condoms, as well as advice and support.

Tom Boyt, Senior Community Engagement Officer at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Trans Pride is a fantastic celebration for the city that gets bigger and better every year, and this year was no exception.

“Together with CLINIC T and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, we were delighted to launch our new trans inclusive STI self-testing kits. These enable people who identify as trans or gender variant to test themselves in a way that’s convenient and inclusive to them, and at the same time to find out just how easy and convenient it can be to maintain and look after their sexual health through regular testing.

“These new kits mean more people can access testing, and together we can reduce STI rates in Brighton and Hove and improve sexual health for everyone.”

Clinic T is the local sexual health service for anyone who identifies as trans, non-binary or gender variant. The free, friendly and confidential clinic runs every last Wednesday of the month at the Lawson Unit, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 1HS.

For more information call 01273 523 388 or click here:

Terrence Higgins Trust in Brighton, based at 61 Ship Street, provides free HIV testing and STI screening. It also offers a wide range of services for people living with HIV.

For more information please call 01273 764 200 or click here:

 

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