The CONNECT project promotes HIV testing and helps you get access to free HIV self-testing kits.
I just took a walk to locate where the new HIV test vending machine can be found here on the Bedford Park Campus.
Basically, if you make your way to the 1st level of the hub, as though you were headed to the Tavern and instead, you walked into the FUSA section instead, you’d find it, next to some lockers and a food vending machine.
It is important to get tested for HIV and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections) regularly, especially if you are having sex without a condom, have more than one partner, or if you change partners.
To access one of the free HIV testing kits, simply scan the QR code on the machine, follow the instructions (which involves a brief, anonymous registration process) and access your kit.
An instructional video on the CONNECT website can guide you through how to use the kit. The video is available with subtitles in Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The self-test kit also includes instructions in English, but you can download them in Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese from the CONNECT webpage.
That CONNECT webpage is also your key source of information about HIV, HIV testing, what to do with the results of your test and supports and services.
If you are not sure whether you need to be taking such a test, consider an appointment with one of our GPs.