The Dried Blood Spot (DBS) kit is available for you to test at home for free for HIV and Hepatitis C.

If you require a sexual health test, we encourage you to get a comprehensive screening here at SSHC, another sexual health clinic, or at your GP.

The DBS kit does not test for all STIs.

Dried Blood Spot Testing Kits Available Now

The Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Test is an innovative pilot program offered in partnership between the NSW Ministry of Health, St Vincent’s Hospital and Sexual Health InfoLink (SHIL) that offers an easy, self-sampling option for anyone wishing to have a HIV or Hep C test. It involves a simple finger-prick blood collection and is particularly useful if you do no test regularly or would rather not go to get a sexual health test at a clinic.

You can order DBS kits through the DBS website www.dbstest.health.nsw.gov.au/

This will be mailed directly to you, for you to return the completed test card using the supplied reply-paid envelope. Results are then sent to you via text, email or phone call.

DBS is suitable for you if you have a history of injecting drug use, have been in or are currently in prison, are Aboriginal or from countries where hepatitis C is endemic. Men who have sex with men, transgender people, those coming from countries where HIV is high in prevalence (and their sexual partners) are eligible for the HIV test. It may also be beneficial if you live remotely and are unable to access standard testing.

If you have any questions about the DBS test you can ask the clinician next time you visit us, or call SHIL on 1800 451 624.


Paid testing options

There are also some options that have been approved for you to  test at home.

These are privately run services which cost money to purchase and are not affiliated with

Sydney Sexual Health Centre.

For more information, visit their websites. 


  • Skip the clinic visit and pay only for the STI/HIV tests by getting a pathology referral online.   Smart Health and Stigma Health offer these services. Cost depends on whether or not you have Medicare.


Last updated 26/05/2020