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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.

HIV Dried Blood Spot test: Internet based self-sampling increases access to HIV testing.

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Dr Anna McNulty is the Conjoint Associate Professor for the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, the University of NSW as well as the Director of Sydney Sexual Health Centre and NSW Sexual Health Info link.

DR A. McNulty spoke about the HIV Dried Spot test which is an internet-based self -sampling test. Participants actually test themselves. The beauty of this test is that it increases access to HIV testing and fits in well with NSW HIV 96Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE elimination Strategy for 2016-2020.The strategy targets the Men having sex with Men and culturally and linguistically diverse background as high priority populations.They are difficult to come forward

The spot test is advertised on print, digital and print media, especially on dating websites. Participants then register on line and their kits are sent via the post. The instructions are simple and an additional lancet is added in case the first one is spoiled. The participants will send back the kit to the laboratory where the test is done. The results are provided by a nurse via the phone or SMS.

Those that are positive are linked to care.

The Self-collecting method attracted people who have never tested before or those who rarely tested to test in the comfort of their own homes. The young, gay and homosexually active men are in this bracket. it was noted that there was an increase in access to CALD participants especially women.

The disadvantage of this method is that sexual behaviours will be under-reported. 


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