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Blogs — The difference between HIV home sampling and HIV self testing

15 things to do in 15 minutes

Posted by Brigette Bard on

During National HIV Testing week, charities and other organisations joined forces to encourage more people to find out their HIV status. The overwhelming message is the importance of testing; without a diagnosis treatment is unable to begin.

There are a variety of ways you can be tested, however there is only one test which you can perform yourself and takes only 15 minutes to receive a 99.7% accurate result – the BioSURE HIV Self Test.

At any other time of life, 15 minutes is a relatively short period of time. However, when waiting for a possibly life changing result, we know that 15 minutes can soon feel like 15 hours. 

Sometimes all you need is a small distraction in order to stay focused and relaxed so here are some suggestions as to what you can do during those 15 long minute

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Living without the knowledge you have HIV

Posted by Brigette Bard on

There are various HIV testing options available but we can’t tell you which is the right one, because that’s down to your personal preference. What we can tell you is that the most important thing is to take a test and know your status.

The really great news is that HIV is three letters; three syllables; three words. It’s not a sentence.



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HIV Home Sampling v HIV Self Testing : What's the difference?

Posted by Gary Carpenter on

In the UK there are two options available for testing yourself for HIV.

  • HIV Home Sampling: when you are posted a kit (generally lancets, collection tubes, instructions and an envelope), collect your own sample (usually blood) and then post your sample off to a laboratory for analysis. You then wait until the lab have tested your sample and you are contacted with your result by phone or email.
  • HIV Self Testing: when you are posted a kit (a lancet, HIV self testing device and instructions) and perform the whole test yourself with a tiny sample of your own blood (1000th of the sample size). After a few minutes, you read and interpret your own test result.

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