New Surrey STD home-testing kit discovers person’s HIV

November 8, 2018
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A person’s HIV has been diagnosed thanks to a new STD home-testing kit now available in Surrey.

People with symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases can now get testing kits online.

Women who want to get the contraceptive pill can also access this via the internet.

Surrey County Council (SCC) commissions its sexual health and HIV services through NHS England South (NHSE) and the main provider Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL).

The shift from traditional face-to-face consultations to online access is part of a move to free up clinic appointments.

Lisa Andrews, SCC’s senior public health lead, said they had seen a “month-on-month increase in that activity” since it launched in April this year and that it was proving to be “very successful”.

Dr Simon Edwards, clinical director for CNWL, said: “For every person you get to go online who doesn’t have to come to the clinic, it creates an additional space for someone who needs to come to the clinic. The online has taken off very considerably.”

CNWL provides sexual health services from three main hub clinics in Surrey – in Woking, Guildford and Redhill – plus outreach clinics in Leatherhead, Epsom, Addlestone and Staines.

The CNWL website allows patients to book appointments online and offers online access to home screening kits for chlamydia and gonorrhoea targeted at under 25s as well as online screening kits for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV for over 18s.

Cllr Fiona White said online access for testing kits was “incredibly sensible” for people who do not want to travel to clinics, but was concerned about those who did not have access to the internet.

Matthew Parris, deputy chief executive of Healthwatch Surrey, a health watchdog, said the majority of people they spoke to in a sample survey were “very happy” with the service.

A total of 16,575 Surrey residents attended CNWL sexual health clincis in the county between April and September 2018.

In that same period, 598 cases of chlamydia and 128 cases of gonorrhoea were diagnosed and treated.

By the end of September, 2,680 home testing kits had been sent out via the CNWL website and 1,801 kits had been returned (a 67% return rate) with 79 diagnoses made. Of those, 60 were for chlamydia, four for gonorrhoea, four for syphilis and one for HIV.

CNWL has 800 patients with HIV accessing their services.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/new-surrey-std-home-testing-15387429


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