SEXUAL HEALTH & CONTRACEPTION SERVICES (SHAC) is a free and confidential specialist NHS service open to EVERYONE regardless of age and sexuality. Specialist clinics for men who have sex with men (Clinic M), trans and non-binary friendly (Clinic T), young people (YPC) & people with more complex issues (Horizon Clinic). HIV tests are free. Home sampling kits (including HIV) or appointments available through the website or phone 01273 523388.
TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST (THT)
Terrence Higgins Trust have daily drop in sessions offering free rapid HIV tests throughout the week – a finger-prick test with results 20 minutes later (61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE, 01273 764200). THT also offer kits for certain high risk groups.
DIGITAL VENDING MACHINES
Free NHS tests are now available from our award winning combined Sexual Health and HIV Digital Vending Machines. They’re in the Jubilee Library (central Brighton), Portland Road, Hove (between Wish Park Surgery and Kamson Pharmacy) and the Wellsbourne Centre in Whitehawk. You can choose between a rapid HIV test or collect a STI kit (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV) to use at home and send back to us for processing. You should be 16+ and symptom-free to use this service. Rapid HIV self-tests are also available from Prowler, St James’s Street in Kemptown.
Sex on premises venue for men who have sex with men only. Free sexual health self-sampling kits and HIV self-testing kits available from the world first digital vending machine in the reception area. Rapid HIV finger-prick testing result in 15 minutes. Also testing with THT outreach workers when services return to normal.
FREE public funded service for individuals who may be at greater risk of HIV. Kit sent to you on request through the post. You take a sample using the kit (usually finger prick of blood), send it off and you receive the result about 1 week later.
CHANGE, GROW, LIVE (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 GENERAL PRACTITIONER (g.p.)
You can attend your GP to discuss having an HIV test. Having a negative HIV test result does not impact on insurance, health or life assurance policies.
Kit sent to you on request through the post. You take a finger prick of blood which gives a result in 15 minutes. The test shows either no signs of HIV, or a ‘reactive’ result. Reactive results MUST be confirmed in a health care setting as very occasionally (3 in 1,000) are ‘false positive’. Costs £29.95 from BioSURE or £19.95 from INSTI.