>> Providing the results of an HIV test within minutes. This first of its kind machine is aiming to encourage more people to find out whether they have contracted the virus. It's being piloted in Britain at a gay sauna in the southern seaside city of Brighton. Dr. Jill Dean is an HIV specialist with the Martin Fisher Foundation, the charity behind the project.
>> So it's to increase the HIV testing, to try and encourage people who haven't tested so far to test, and for people who don't test very regularly to test more regularly. Also to people not accessing traditional services. It gives them an opportunity to pick up a test and test in the privacy of their own home if that's what they choose to do, so increases choice essentially.
>> Finger prick self testing kits can be collected free and anonymously from the touch screen machine, aiming to give more privacy and help reduce anxiety. As traditional testing methods can take a few days to arrive, instead a user can choose when they wish to give one blood sample and can expect a result within 15 minutes.
>> Less embarrassing than is actually going to a clinic. Cuz it's kind of all of that stigma still. So it's a lot easier and a lot carefree than actually having to go to the doctors and stuff.>> In the first six weeks since the machine was installed, it dispensed more tests than charity workers had collected at the sauna in the preceding six months.
WIth an estimated 14% of the more than 100,000 people living with HIV in Britain undiagnosed, experts are hoping the machine will help end the epidemic, working as a first step towards a person seeking treatment.