Simple and Easy
The test can be taken in your own home at a time that suits you.
Video of how to take the test
how to test for HIV?
When you are ready open the pouch.
- Remove the buffer pot from the end of your BioSURE HIV Self test device and place it in the hole in the tray.
- Remove the lid from the end of the safety lancet. Place the red pad against your finger and push down until you hear a click. The lancet will make a tiny cut in your skin to produce a small drop of blood
- Touch the tip of your test device onto the drop of blood until the tip fills. You now have enough blood to run your test.
- Now pierce the foil top of the buffer pot with the tip of the test device and PUSH DOWN HARD. It is essential that you push the test down to the bottom of the buffer pot until you can’t push it any further.
- Start timing 15 minutes. The test needs to remain upright in the box while it runs. After 3 minutes check to see that your test is running. If it’s not, make sure the device is pushed right to the bottom of the buffer pot. After 15 minutes your test will be completed and you will be able to see your result.
How does HIV self-testing work?
When your body detects something harmful (like a bacteria or a virus) your body produces antibodies to defend itself. This antibody is detected by the BioSURE HIV Self test. It is similar to a human pregnancy test. The process detects specific antibodies in your blood sample, (not actual HIV) and this is what produces the test Result Line (the second line).
Each BioSURE HIV Self test has an inbuilt control line (the top line). This makes sure that the test has been done correctly. The control line will only become visible if the correct amount of blood has been applied. This means you can be sure that your HIV test result has been generated by a test that you have done properly.
The time from when HIV infection occurs to when a test can correctly give a positive result is called the ‘window period’. During this period, someone who has been infected with HIV will still get a negative HIV test result. This is because there will not be enough HIV antibodies to create a positive result. This does not mean the person testing is negative. In fact, it is because there are not enough antibodies. The amount of HIV virus (the viral load) in their body is very high and this early (acute) phase is the most infectious period.
Everybody makes antibodies at different rates. A negative result may not be accurate until 3 months after infection. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 6 weeks you should go to see your local healthcare professional (www.sxt.org.uk/hiv) who will be able to send a sample of your blood for a laboratory test.
How accurate is my FLASH HIV self-test?
The test is extremely effective at detecting if you have HIV. A lot of research has proven its accuracy when the test is done properly.
- It is 99.7% sensitive. This means that on average 997 in every 1,000 positive results will be correct.
- It is 99.9% specific. This means that on average 999 in every 1,000 negative results will be correct.
- If you are at all unsure of your result you must go and see a healthcare professional to perform another test.
Why wait until 3 months after risky sex to test for HIV?
Everyone makes antibodies at different rates. There needs to be enough antibodies in your blood to be able to detect them. A negative result may not be accurate until 3 months after infection. This is because it can take your body that long to produce enough antibodies.
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 6 weeks you should go to see your local healthcare professional. They will be able to send a sample of your blood for a laboratory test.
What is an antibody?When your body detects something harmful (like a bacteria or a virus) your immune system starts to produce antibodies to try and defend your body. Each type of antibody is unique and this is what is detected by your BioSURE HIV Self test.
I’m worried I have been exposed to HIV within the past 72 hours. What can I do?You need to visit a specialist HIV clinic (www.sxt.org.uk/hiv) or A&E department as soon as possible, where you may be able to access a course of PEP (anti HIV medication). This test will not give you an accurate result only 72 hours after potential exposure. If there might be a risk of pregnancy they can also offer you emergency contraception and appropriate support.