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Essex County Council residents


We are currently funded to provide free HIV postal tests to anyone living within the Essex County Council area or Thurrock Council areas.

This is most of Essex but does not include Romford or Southend.

If you live in this area, order online now. You need to be 16 or older to use this online ordering service.

How else to test


We rely on local authority funding to provide testing in an area, which is why we're currently only able to offer postal tests in the above regions.

There are plenty of other ways to tests easily.

You may be eligible for a free HIV postal test from

We offer low-cost self testing kits to those most at risk of HIV.

Use our free online HIV test finder to see the options available in your area.

Visit one of our services below to test in person. If we aren't running a service near you, search for your nearest sexual health service.

You can also find out more about how HIV testing works.