Gay men wanted for HIV testing home study
The Kirby Institute is trialling a new testing service which allows participants to test for HIV in the privacy of their own home. The 'Forth' study mirrors a similar study being run in the US and requires participants to take a mouth swab, with results available in 20 minutes.
The Institute is looking for gay men who are interested in participating in the study. The research is being conducted by The Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in collaboration with Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Sexual Health Centre, University of Melbourne, Victorian AIDS Council/ Gay Men's Health Centre and ACON.
One of the issues the study is exploring is whether improved access to testing – such as home testing - will result in more frequent testing by gay men.
The Kirby Institute believes the study is important because previous research shows gay men are not testing for HIV as often as is recommended. A significant proportion of men remain undiagnosed or diagnosed late. Home testing may enable men to test more often for HIV, leading to diagnosis of HIV at an earlier stage, and increasing positive outcomes for those diagnosed by facilitating earlier treatment and reduced viral loads.
You can join Forth if:
You are an HIV negative gay man
You plan to reside in Australia for the next 2 years
You are 18 years or over
You meet the other study criteria. (This will be assessed by the recruitment staff at each of the study sites).
For more info visit forth.org.au
Watch a video on the home testing kit used in the study.