HIV-test vending machines aim to create change in Brisbane
8 December 2018 — 10:21am
A University of Queensland researcher has been awarded a $70,000 grant towards a HIV-test vending machine pilot program to target people who may avoid traditional testing methods in Brisbane.
UQ senior research fellow Dr Owain Williams received one of six research project grants, and the largest amount, from the Gilead Australia Fellowship Program’s $250,000 pool.
Dr Williams’ project proposes using technology of a saliva-based HIV testing kit and trialling access to these through two vending machines in two locations in Brisbane.
The machines would be stationed near sex-on-premises venues, with the year-long pilot project expected to begin in January.