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Vending machine for HIV testing kits wins national award

James Ledward June 1, 2018

A world-first, touch-screen digital vending machine, which dispenses free HIV self-test kits at the Brighton Sauna receives a national award for designers and health experts at the University of Brighton, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, the design consultancy Díptico and the Martin Fisher Foundation, a local charity working towards zero new HIV infections and zero HIV stigma.

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Community News

Brighton Sauna trial new HIV testing vending machine

James Ledward August 11, 2017

Brighton Sauna is the first venue in Brighton and Hove to trial new HIV testing digital vending machine. Through the Department of Health HIV Prevention Innovation Fund (2016-17), The Martin Fisher Foundation have established a unique team of vending machine manufacturers, designers, clinicians and researchers to develop and evaluate a ‘next generation’ touch screen vending machine to dispense Biosure self-testing kits.

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Features

FEATURE: A night at the sauna with Sam

James Ledward May 30, 2017

I was very excited when I found out that there was going to be a trans-inclusive night at Brighton Sauna, for many reasons: I haven’t been to a sauna for about 10 years, and that was at a gym on the outskirts of Brighton. Second of all, I knew that I was finally going to meet Jak (one of the staff), whom several of my friends had raved about. But most importantly, it was a night meant for people like me.

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Community News

OPINION: Transitioning with Sugar – A scary walk down memory lane

Ms Sugar Swan May 23, 2017

The Brighton Sauna was always a mainstay in my life. When I moved to Brighton at 20, some 15 years ago, bars were open until 12, clubs until 2 and no night was complete without “finishing off”, take that as you will, in the sauna.

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Business News

FEATURE: Sauna Jak

May 2, 2017

My name is Jak. I’ve worked on the scene at the Brighton Sauna for two and half years now and I love it. It’s varied, entertaining and ultimately I get to meet a lot of different people. They get to meet me too. You see, I’m a trans guy and as far as I know, the only openly trans guy who works in an all-male sauna in the country (I’d love to be wrong about that).

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Community News

Brighton Sauna supports new HIV testing campaign

James Ledward November 17, 2016

Over the last twelve months, the Brighton Sauna opposite the Royal Pavilion in central Brighton has been working closely with the Claude Nicol Centre and The Martin Fisher Foundation on sexual health initiatives in Brighton & Hove.

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Features

Rapid HIV testing at Brighton Sauna

James Ledward January 24, 2015

Since 2011, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has offered a rapid HIV testing service at The Brighton Sauna.
The weekly drop-in takes place every Wednesday evening from 6–8pm, and uses finger-prick blood tests to offer results within 20 minutes. The service, which is free and confidential, is predominantly for sauna users, but the sauna will also allow free entry to men who just want access for a test.

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