HIV tests to be dispensed through vending machines, in first for NZ

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11/17/2020

In a first for New Zealand, at home self-administered HIV testing kits will be available for free through ‘smart’ vending machines. The machines are a new innovation by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation to break down barriers in accessing HIV testing. Regular testing ensures people know their status and can start treatment sooner, but the NZ AIDS Foundation estimates 50 per cent of gay and bisexual men are not ‘out’ to their healthcare providers. The vending machines will be in venues where men who have sex with men congregate in a bid to provide tests to people who fall through the gaps in the health system, or want to be discreet about their sexuality.

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