Getting to a HIV testing clinic can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. It might involve a long drive, awkward opening hours, and sometimes tricky conversations about your sexual history. So if any of these are keeping you from getting a HIV test, then we have some good news for you. DBS (Dried Blood Spot) testing is here and you can order a kit to be delivered to your home today.
What is Dried Blood Spot testing?
Dried Blood Spot testing is a great way to find out your HIV status without needing to visit a doctor, clinic or pathology centre. You order a kit that is sent to you by mail and it works by testing a few small drops of blood from your finger that is spread onto a testing card and left to dry.
The kit includes a lancet (a needle-like object) you use to prick your finger and draw out a small amount of blood. Using the lancet you then squeeze individual drops of blood onto a section of the testing card before letting it dry. Once dry, you package up your card and send it off to be tested for HIV. It’ll take about a week before your results are given to you by a sexual health nurse either through your choice of a SMS text message, phone call or email.
How much does the DBS kit cost?
It’s free! As long as you fulfil the above criteria then you can order a DBS kit without spending a penny.
Who can get tested for HIV with DBS?
Any man who has sex with men, over the age of 16 and that lives in NSW is eligible to get a free DBS testing kit! The kits are also available for free if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, from Africa or Asia, a person who has a current or previous sexual partner/s from Africa or Asia, or people who have ever injected a drug.
How do I get a DBS testing kit?
To get a DBS testing kit you simply need to register online here and a DBS kit will be posted to an address of your choice. When you receive the kit it will have instructions on how to fill out the testing card along with a reply paid postage envelope, meaning you can send your results back without having to buy a stamp.
Don’t let fear of a testing clinic stop you from getting tested. Go ahead and order your DBS kit today!