The Test

DBS HIV testing is for people living in New South Wales (NSW), Australia who are over 16 years old. The test is for gay and other men who have sex with men, people from Africa or Asia and people who have current or previous sexual partners from Africa or Asia. People who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or people who have ever injected a drug are also offered a DBS Hepatitis C (Hep C) test.

For other groups of people, conventional laboratory HIV or hep C testing may be more suitable. For more information on other testing services, call the NSW Sexual Health Link on 1800 451 624, or if you have a doctor you normally see, you could ask him or her about HIV testing.

A DBS test is a free, easy and accurate way to test for HIV and hep C.
It involves taking a few drops of blood from yourself at home. This test is very accurate and has been used in other countries.
There's no need to visit a doctor, clinic or pathology centre. 
You will be asked some questions and if DBS testing is suitable for you, you can register for a DBS HIV and hep C test on this website. If you haven’t already been given a DBS testing kit, one will be sent to you by post in a plain envelope.

The DBS testing kit contains:
2 alcohol swabs
2 sterile finger prick needles (lancets)
2 cotton balls
2 band aids
A test card
A foil packet (with dehumidifying sachet inside)
A pre-addressed reply paid envelope
The DBS test works by testing a small drop of blood from your finger that has been spread on a test card and left to dry. The card is returned to us where it is tested to see if the blood has HIV.
When you receive your kit, open it and check the contents.
Please write your validation code on the test card. This validation code is needed to perform your test and provide your test result.
After collecting the drops of blood for the DBS test, send the test card back to us in the reply paid envelope. Your blood will be tested and a nurse will give you your result in the way chosen by you about a week after your test card is received by us.
Click HERE and watch the movie on how to do a DBS HIV and hep C test or follow this step by step guide for DBS HIV testing: