STI test vending machines trial to improve sexual health services in regional Victoria

STI test vending machines will be introduced for the first time in regional Victoria this month, providing accessible and affordable sexual health services to regional Victorian communities.

A STI vending machine. The machine has an LCD screen on the front, and is a simple, black-box design.

A soon-to-be-launched STI vending machine at the Department of Rural Health.

Echuca will be the first town to receive one of two custom-built STI vending machines, that will be moved across regional Victoria in a unique 12-month trial program initiative led by the Department of Rural Health, Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH).

The initiative will improve sexual health outcomes for regional communities, particularly LGBTIQ+ communities, younger people aged between 16-25-years-old, and Indigenous Australians.