ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Internet based self-sampling for HIV screening
HIV Dried Blood Spot test: Internet based self-sampling increased access to HIV testing
The HIV dried blood spot test is available for individuals living in NSW who are over the age of 16 yrs. It provides another option for individuals to access HIV testing. This test is provided free (health dollar cost $12) it is designed to be mailed out, with full instructions in the kit, it is performed in the individuals own time and posted back. The average turn around time of returning a sample was 18 days. Test results were given by text if negative and a phone call if positive. At this time it has resulted in 2 positive results that may not otherwise have been diagnosed. This provides a great option to those that face barriers to screening and has been used by some individuals as a means of ongoing screening. It demonstrates the convenience of testing, the ability to remain anonymous and resulted in the screening of a diverse group of individuals.