HIV test

HIV test

£25.00

Our home HIV test kit can help you check if you have HIV.

You will need to take a small blood sample and then send it back to our partner laboratory for analysis. We will contact you with your results within 3-5 days of the lab receiving your sample.

This is a convenient, discrete way of testing for HIV. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours please visit your local sexual health clinic immediately.

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Our home HIV test kit can help you check if you have HIV.

You will need to take a small blood sample and then send it back to our partner laboratory for analysis. We will contact you with your results within 3-5 days of the lab receiving your sample.

This is a convenient, discrete way of testing for HIV. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours please visit your local sexual health clinic immediately.

About the test

This home test kit detects the presence of HIV in your blood sample and is very accurate (99.8%) in finding the HIV infection if taken at least 6 weeks after the potential exposure.

The test kit provides instructions and everything you need to provide the blood sample including a sterile ‘lancet’ to perform a skin prick, the sample bottle, and a pre-paid envelope in which to post the sample.

How does the test work

The HIV test is an HIV 1&2 Abs/p24 Ag combination (Fourth Generation) test. It is the same test as would be offered by most sexual health clinics, unless they are using a rapid HIV test.

The test works in two ways by detecting the HIV virus itself, and it also detecting the antibodies your body would make to fight HIV if you were infected.

The test looks for HIV 1 and 2. It is 99.8% accurate at spotting the HIV infection if you have contracted it more than 6 weeks ago.

We send the test out to you in the post. It won’t say anywhere on the outside of the parcel what it is, our packaging is very discrete. You use the lancet (very small needle) in the test to prick the end of your finger and then squeeze some blood into the collection tube. You then send this back to our laboratory in a pre-paid envelope.

We will contact you with your results within 3-5 days of the lab receiving your sample.

When to test

The test will only detect an HIV infection that you have caught more than 6 weeks ago.

If you are worried about being exposed to HIV within the last 6 weeks, you can find a sexual health clinic offering an HIV RNA PCR test, or talk to someone at the clinic about other testing and treatment options.

What Happens if my test is Positive?

A positive test result doesn’t mean for certain that you are living with HIV. There is a slight chance that you are not, because the test has a small margin of error. So, if you do test positive, you’ll need to have a confirmation test. If the confirmation test is also positive, the doctor or nurse who gives you your result will then put you in touch with a specialist. He or she will discuss what your options are for treatment and talk to you about the infection and what stage it is at. You’ll also be given the names of some support groups who can help you.

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