Are you due to get a HIV test soon? HIV self-testing has landed in Australia and if you are located in Sydney or Melbourne city you could try HIV self-testing kits for free through the PUSH study.
The PUSH study is investigating the ease of use and application of 2 types of self-test kits; an oral option and a finger prick option, through the Sydney Sexual Health Centre and Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. After enrolment at either location, a nurse will provide you with the kits, all necessary instructions and in a private space observe you conducting the tests.
You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire asking things about your HIV and STI testing history, sexual practices and your experience with the self-testing process. All of this information is strictly confidential and any identifying information, such as your name, will not be recorded.
So, if you are thinking of giving self-testing a go, then consider joining the PUSH study for your next test.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible to participate in the PUSH study, you will need to meet some requirements before you can enrol. Some of these include; being the age of 18 or over, not previously being part of the FORTH study, having a HIV negative status and the ability to speak and read English.
How do I join?
To join the study you simply need to get in touch with the research nurse at either Sydney Sexual Health Centre or Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and let them know you are interested in joining. They can provide you with any further information you may be after.
You can do this by either emailing or calling either of the contacts below.
Sydney Sexual Health Centre
Contact: Ruthy McIver
Phone: 0429 938 452
Address: Level 3, Nightingale Wing, Sydney Hospital, 8 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW
Operating Hours: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday to Friday (with later appointments available on Tuesdays)