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Brighton sauna trial new HIV testing vending machine

The Martin Fisher Foundation have established a unique team of vending machine manufacturers, designers, clinicians and researchers to develop and evaluate a ‘next generation’ touch screen vending machine to dispense self-testing kits.

This project will enable MSM (men who have sex with men) to obtain the HIV tests for free, in a discrete and anonymous manner whilst visiting the Brighton Sauna.

The prototype vending machine was placed in the Brighton Sauna on the June 16 2017. A previous survey of the sauna clients showed 93% would consider collecting an HIV self-test from the sauna.

HIV self-tests have been available at the Brighton Sauna since National HIV Testing week (2016) with high levels of acceptability among staff and clients. Most men report the testing procedure was easy to do and they would recommend this type of test to a friend.

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Posted: 22 August 2017