HIV testing kit

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HIV Test
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HIV Testing Kits

Statistics from 2017 indicate that there are over 100,000 people in the UK who are currently living with HIV.

You may be at an increased risk of HIV if you:

  • Inject drugs and share needles and syringes
  • Are a man who has sex with men (MSM)
  • Are a woman who has sex with MSM
  • Have previously been diagnosed or treated for other STIs
  • Have had sex with someone who fits the above criteria

For the first time in 2016, death rates of people diagnosed with HIV, and taking antiretroviral drugs, were comparable to the rest of the population.

Knowing your HIV status is important for a healthy sex life. If left untreated, HIV can progress to AIDS which causes irreversible damage to the immune system.

While the two conditions are linked, there are differences between HIV and AIDS.

HIV refers to the virus (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) which can be passed on through unprotected sex.

AIDS is the condition caused by HIV which weakens the immune system. AIDS is not transmittable, however, people with AIDS can still carry and pass on HIV.

If you are at risk of contracting HIV, you may want to consider talking to your GP about PrEP - a medication which, when taken daily, is shown to reduce the risk of contracting the virus before engaging in unprotected sex with an HIV positive partner.

How does the test work?

This is a 5th generation testing kit which identifies p24 pathogens and antibodies in your blood belonging to both HIV-1 and HIV-2, the former belonging to 95% of confirmed cases.

The home test is 99.8% effective at detecting HIV at least 6 weeks after exposure to the virus. However, this doesn't mean you should wait 6 weeks to seek help. If you suspect you have been exposed to the virus, you should speak to your doctor as soon as you can. If it has been less than 72 hours since your exposure to the virus, your doctor may suggest taking PrEP.

The HIV testing kit is a simple blood test you can do from the comfort of your own home. Once you've collected the sample, use the enclosed prepaid envelope to mail your sample to the testing lab.

Upon receipt of your sample, professional lab technicians will analyse your blood to the highest standard.

The kit contains:

  • 2 moist wipes
  • 2 plasters
  • 2 swabs
  • 3 lancets
  • A marked vial
  • A name label
  • A plastic wallet
  • A prepaid envelope
  • A sample label
  • A security label

How to take the test

Follow the instructions which come with your testing kit.

Before taking the test, warm your hands by washing them in warm water and dry them thoroughly. Ensure you are standing up to increase blood flow.

Use one of the provided swabs to clean the area of the finger you will be drawing blood from and wipe dry with a clean tissue.

Twist off the cap of the lancet. Press the lancet firmly against the area on the finger you wish to draw blood from. This will puncture your skin.

Wipe away the first drop of blood with a tissue.

When collecting your blood sample, gently milk the punctured finger to extract the blood. Avoid squeezing the blood out as this can destroy red blood cells and cause the test to be indeterminate.

Position your finger over the vial. Fill the vial to the marked line.

Once you have collected the required amount, twist the cap onto the vial until you hear a click. Mix the blood in the vial by gently inverting it 5 to 10 times.

When should I post the sample?

You should post your sample as soon as you can after collecting it.

Your local postbox should display a time when the post is collected from it. Ideally, you should post your sample near this time.

You can find your nearest postbox online using this map.

If you leave your blood sample for too long, the sample may haemolyse. This is when the blood breaks down and becomes unusable.

Frequently asked questions

How accurate are the HIV testing kits?

So long as you have collected the blood sample correctly, the results are analysed to the same degree of accuracy as tests on the NHS. (99.8% accurate)

What do I do if the test result is positive?

You will need to arrange a follow-up test to confirm your HIV status using an alternative testing method.

If your test comes back positive, our compassionate doctors can offer support and advice.

How will I get my results?

When your test results are ready, you will be informed via text or email. You can access the results by logging into your Prescription Doctor account.

When should I take the test?

You should get tested for HIV as soon as you believe you are at risk of exposure. The window period of the test (the time in which the test is most accurate) is between 3 and 4 weeks. Please understand that it can take up to 3 months for HIV to show up in blood tests.

If you take a test too early, you may receive a false negative result. You should take a second test at least six weeks after initial exposure to determine the presence of HIV in your blood.

Staying safe with Prescription Doctor

All home testing kits are certified to be used within the UK and are dispatched from our UK registered pharmacy.

So long as the test sample is taken correctly, our home testing kits are as reliable as those you would get at a sexual health clinic or the hospital. Always read the instructions carefully before reading the test and refer back to it while conducting the test to ensure you are collecting the sample correctly.

Table of contents

HIV testing kits

How does the test work?

How to take the test?

Frequently asked questions

Staying safe with Prescription Doctor

Additional resources

FAQs about our home testing kits

How accurate are HIV home testing kits?

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