After worrying figures showing that 18,100 people in the UK are unware they have HIV, a free HIV home-test kit has been launched in England.
The test is available to order online, and uses a small drop of blood which is then sent to a lab.
Public Health England is urging more people to be sure of their HIV status, which is unsurprising given recent findings.
Brand new official figures have shown that 103,70 have HIV in the UK. Rates are falling overall, PHE is still warning that it’s a growing concern in certain communities.
Prof Kevin Fenton of PHE had this to say: “With national HIV-testing week approaching, I would encourage all those at higher risk of HIV, such as men who have sex with men or people from black African communities, to seriously consider testing, especially as they are now able to order a home sampling kit free online.”
With this new kit, people simply do a finger-prick blood test and get contacted with results in 3-5 days.
Then, if the test shows that HIV is likely, patients are then asked to go to a clinic to get a confirmatory check.
This free test will be available to anyone in England until January, 2016.