The New Bathhouse Vending Machines That Offer Free At-Home HIV Tests

Published: October 30, 2014

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Katie Peoples
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In an effort to combat increases in HIV infections, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has teamed up with FLEX Spas, a national chain of bathhouses, to install vending machines in their Los Angeles location that will dispense Ora-Quick In-Home HIV Tests.

The tests uses an oral swab and can detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies within 20 minutes. The vending machines are accessed by a special code which clients at the spa can get from any FLEX employee.

“The new HIV self-test kit vending machines available at sex clubs in Los Angeles are a true breakthrough in access to HIV testing,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner, professor of medicine and health in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, stating that the vending machines represent the successful partnership among researchers, community organizations and businesses.

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