HIV tests that show a result in 15 minutes and can be done at home have been made freely available for the first time in England.
It works in a similar way to a COVID-19 lateral flow test as it just takes a few drops of blood from a small prick on the finger, with the result appearing soon after.
People across England can also order a test where a small blood sample is sent to a lab and screened for both HIV and syphilis at the same time.
Testing is also available at sexual health clinics for those who prefer face-to-face services. “Testing for HIV is quick, free, confidential and easy,” said Neil O’Brien, a Conservative MP currently serving as Health Secretary. “It can be even more convenient with the option to test for HIV in the comfort of your own home.” The announcement comes as the country marks National HIV Testing Week, which takes place from 6-12 February.