Aug 8, 2018

HIV tests for sale on High Street for first time

HIV self-testing kits are now available to buy on the High Street for the first time, a retailer has announced. An HIV charity welcomed the announcement but added that many people would be unable to afford the test. Free testing is available on the NHS. The BioSURE test requires a small amount of blood from a finger prick sample to detect the presence of HIV antibodies. "Marc Thompson, health improvement lead at the charity, said:"Around one in eight people living with HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed, which is why we strongly welcome anything that increases access to and awareness of HIV testing. Free testing for HIV is usually offered by sexual health clinics, some GP surgeries, drug dependency services and charities like the Terrence Higgins Trust, as well as when women are pregnant.

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