Digital Vending Machines

Actively promoting and normalising HIV testing in any venue

We have developed an award winning* digital vending machine to reduce undiagnosed HIV!

*2018 British Medical Journal (BMJ) Innovations Award

Martin Fisher Foundation Pilot Digital Vending Machine

The digital vending machines (DVM), developed by the charity in 2016/17, funded by Public Health England (PHE) as part of the 2016 HIV Prevention Innovation Fund, continue to enable us to expand access to HIV testing and support individuals to take control of their health. For those reluctant to access traditional healthcare settings, placing them in the community venues have reduced barriers to HIV testing, whilst facilitating confidentiality, privacy and convenience.

This world-first touch-screen machine has been distributing free HIV self-tests at the Brighton Sauna since 2017. It is unique in that during the interaction it collects anonymous user information (age, town of residence, testing history) which can inform HIV services in the future.  The digital vending machines have unique engagement opportunities through social media. Users can tweet their feedback instantly. Four more vending machines were then placed at Subline, The Marlbrough Pub, Rainbow Hub and Prowler.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have used this opportunity to remove our machines from the Rainbow Hub, Subline and The Marlborough so that they can be re purposed into full Sexual Health Machines dispensing both STI Kits and HIV tests. They remain at Brighton Sauna and Prowler.

These digital vending machines offer HIV tests for a third of the cost of online tests or those which can be purchased from your pharmacy (£9.99)

Each vending machine costs £3350 to install and their dimensions are 1000 (height) x 445 (width) x 280mm (depth); we are reliant upon donations and fundraising for additional machines. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing one of our machines.

We are now developing a combined Sexual Health and HIV Digital Vending Machine

Please read our posts about this exciting development. Other news: we have started to place our machines abroad with the first HIV Vending Machine going to New Zealand.


We have published peer reviewed papers on the use of these vending machines: see links below

Acceptability and feasibility of using digital vending machines to deliver HIV self-tests to men who have sex with men

Surveying testing preferences in Black, Latin American, and other minorities for the co-design of digital vending machines for HIV self-testing

HIV self-tests for men who have sex with men, accessed via a digital vending machine: a qualitative study of acceptability

The use of our vending machines was published in the recent WHO Compendium of good practices in the health sector response to HIV in the WHO European Region – page 127-130