HIV Home Testing Kit
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What is HIV?
HIV is the abbreviation for the human immunodeficiency virus, which falls into the category of sexually transmitted infections. This means that HIV can be passed from person to person through unprotected (without condoms) sexual intercourse, particularly anal but vaginal too. The virus also lives in your blood so it can passed through blood-to-blood contact and sharing needles for drug use.
Contrary to popular belief, HIV cannot be passed through kissing, saliva, holding hands, touching the same things (toilets, dishes, glasses) or by mosquitos. The virus itself can only live in the blood, vaginal fluid, anal fluid, semen and pre-seminal fluid, so it can only be transferred through these means.
The disease often carries no symptoms but the virus attaches itself to your body’s cells and has a damaging effect on your immune system. As the infection worsens, this can eventually be classified as AIDS, when your body is no longer able to fight off severe infections and certain types of cancer.
How does the HIV Test Kit work?
Because HIV currently has no cure, an infected person will need to live with it forever and essentially just manage it and its progression. It’s therefore essential that the spread is limited, and the test kit will able to quickly identify if you are infected. This will allow you to seek treatment where necessary, and practise safe sex to stop the spread.
The reagent in the test kit will be able to check your blood sample for traces of HIV-1 and HIV-2, and tell you whether or not this is present.
How do I use the HIV Test Kit?
The test kit contains everything you will need to carry out the blood test quickly and easily. Always ensure to read the instructions before you begin, as not following them properly can invalidate the test.
Start by using the alcohol wipe to sterilise your fingertip, ideally the middle finger on your non-dominant hand. Take the blood lancet and twist off the grey cap (turn anticlockwise), ensuring you don’t push the lever on the side as you do. Press the open end of the lancet to your sterilised fingertip and then firmly push the lever on the side. This will eject a sterile needle into your finger, and then retract again. To ensure you collect enough blood for the sample, squeeze your finger to increase the amount of blood that comes out and then use the pipette to squeeze 2 drops of blood from your finger, into the test cassette.
Apply the small plaster to the needle mark on your finger and then open the bottle of reagent. Add 2 drops to the blood in the test cassette and then wait 10-15 minutes and read the results.
What do I do about the HIV Test Kit Result?
If one line appears against the T mark (or no lines appear at all) then the test is invalid, and you should repeat the process with a fresh test kit. If one line appears against the C mark, then the test is negative; you have most likely not got HIV and can continue to practise safe sex and other safety measures against HIV. If two lines appear then the test is positive and you could have been exposed to HIV-1 and/or HIV-2. You should seek advice from your doctor.