China trials HIV testing kits in vending machines on university campuses
China has begun trialling selling affordable HIV testing kits in vending machines on university campuses.
The kits are sold alongside fresh food and other items.
The pilot scheme hopes to help those worried about going to a clinic for a test have access to testing kits.
The experiment began on five university campuses in 2016, but was only recently reported on by local media.
The campuses in Beijing, Harbin, Guangxi and Heilongjiang stocked the testing kits for around $4 each.
It includes a urine sample bottle which can be dropped off at the vending machine, and results are available to view online 10 to 15 days later.
Those behind the scheme say they hope it represents a positive step towards more people being tested.
“Helping people to run a test for themselves like a take-home pregnancy test would be very helpful,” Martin Yang, a program manager at the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute, tells NPR.
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