Did you know you can test yourself for HIV?
BioSure is all about giving you choice. The choice to test for HIV where you want and the choice to be the first person to know your own status.
Yes, some people still want to go to a clinic where a healthcare professional carries out a test for you for free, but geographical and time challenges often mean it is something you might mean to do but not get round to. Or you might even find it just plain embarrassing. Now, you also have the choice to test for HIV in private at your own convenience - wherever you feel comfortable. To many this option is priceless.
But I’ve never heard of HIV self testing?
When pregnancy tests were first introduced to the market, they were thought to be a ridiculous idea however 20+ years on we could not imagine life without them. You are still able to go to the doctors for a test, but this is just not common place anymore due to the ease of accessibility and time constraints.
Where can I test?
Whether you want to know your HIV status in the comfort of your own home, with family or friends or at work, the BioSURE HIV Self Test is the test for you – no mixing, no measuring and an instant result.
When can I test?
If you’re testing as a precaution before unprotected sex or testing after unprotected sex you still have the opportunity to take control and be the first person to know your HIV status in just 15 minutes.
Where can I get a BioSURE HIV Self test?
How do you do the test?
Self-testing allows you to perform the entire test yourself and receive the results within 15 minutes. Here’s a brief summary of how to perform the test:
- A safety lancet makes a tiny cut in your finger, producing just a tiny drop of blood.
- You touch the tip of the HIV self testing device onto the drop of blood and it draws up the right amount to test
- Then you insert the top of the device into a pot of buffer solution and leave it standing upright to run.
- After 15 minutes you will be able to read your own test result, there and then.
There are detailed instructions with every test and we have a video explaining how to do the test here
What do I do if my result is positive?
If your result is positive, as with all HIV tests, you must have a confirmatory test, usually at your doctors or at a sexual health clinic. You can search for your nearest sexual health clinic here, call NHS 111 or contact an HIV organisation such as Positive UK.
Is HIV treatable?
Yes. If you are a person living with HIV, antiretroviral treatments (ART's) are now so effective, that if they are taken correctly the HIV virus can be suppressed to undetectable levels (also known as viral suppression). This means that you can live an active and healthy life and have a normal life expectancy. But, obviously that can only happen if you test and know your status. The totally amazing part is that not only is your own health protected, but it is proven that you cannot pass the virus on, even through unprotected sex.
Your knowledge is just a prick, suck and poke away.