Free online testing service launched by Sexual Health West Sussex
An easier way to test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) was promoted in West Sussex during HIV Testing Week (17-23 November) with a new service by Sexual Health West Sussex.
For the first time, adults living locally can apply online for a testing kit which enables them to check for HIV and other STIs in their own home.
Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Dr Emma Rutland, said: “We’re proud to have launched an online testing service which offers individuals more choice in how they access STI testing.
“This new online service includes a test for HIV, which we hope will encourage more people to check their HIV status.
“Early diagnosis is really important because these days, if treatment starts early, those living with HIV can expect to live a normal life and treatment will also prevent transmission.”
Sexual Health West Sussex is a service run by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with clinics operating across the county, from East Grinstead to Bognor.
The newly launched “Click, Test, Send” home testing kits now make it even easier for adults living anywhere in West Sussex to test for STIs.
Ordering your own home testing kit for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis is quick and easy – visit www.sexualhealthwestsussex.nhs.uk/online-testing-information/ and complete the form.
Those aged under-18 can access an online testing kit for chlamydia and gonorrhoea by visiting https://www.sexualhealthwestsussex.nhs.uk/chlamydia-screening-programme/.
A short survey helps to triage applicants and ensure they are eligible to receive the free of charge, at home testing kits, which include pre-paid envelopes to return samples for testing.
To help applicants provide a swab, urine or finger prick sample, depending on what STIs they are testing for, Sexual Health West Sussex has produced video instructions, available at www.sexualhealthwestsussex.nhs.uk/online-testing-tutorial-videos/.
Nearly 100 “Click, Test, Send” free home testing kits have already been issued, with demand expected to increase significantly as the service becomes better known.
For more information, please visit: www.sexualhealthwestsussex.nhs.uk/online-testing-information/.