CONNECT; HIV Testing in the Community

HIV/TB Research 5 Mar 2024

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Background and Aims In partnership with SHINE SA, Thorne Harbour Health and SAMESH are piloting and evaluating the use of vending machines to dispense free Atomo HIV Self Test (HST) kits to support rapid testing and to strengthen pathways to treatment and support.

This pilot project, which is taking place in South Australia, is the result of a successful tender for federal funding as part of Activities to Support the National Response to Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI).

CONNECT aims to overcome known barriers and increase testing in non and infrequent testers, in particular men who have sex with men (MSM) from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, migrants, and international students.