No HIV test is easier. Your test simply requires a fraction of a drop of blood. No measuring or mixing. You get your own result in just 15 minutes.
The BioSURE HIV Self Test was the first to be CE marked. This means we have proved that our product is easy for you to use and at least 99.7% accurate.
It puts you in control.
BioSURE HIV Self Test is the number 1 selling kit in the UK.
How does our test work and window period explained
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
The BiosSURE HIV Self Test uses technology very similar to a pregnancy test, but it detects the specific antibodies to HIV (not actual HIV)
Each BiosSURE HIV Self Test has an inbuilt control line (the top line) which lets you know you have added enough blood and performed your test correctly. If you do anything wrong or do not add enough blood no lines will appear, which means you can be confident in your result. 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 could still get a negative HIV test result because they will not have produced the antibodies to generate a positive result. This does not mean the person testing is negative.
Everybody makes antibodies at different rates. 4 weeks after exposure about half of people have made the antibodies, by 6 weeks after exposure this goes up to about 95%, however some people make these antibodies up to 12 weeks after infection. This is why it is so important not to rely on a negative test result until 3 months after your most recent possible exposure.
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 4 weeks you should go to see your local healthcare professional who will be able to send a sample of your blood for a laboratory test.
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours you should go to your local sexual health clinic or A&E who will be able to prescribe you PEP, which is a course of anti-retroviral tablets that can stop the HIV infection
Care & Treatments
When you are ready open the pouch.
1. Remove the buffer pot from the end of your BioSURE HIV Self test device and place it in the hole in the tray.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 move on to read your results.
Sometimes people with HIV are described as people with AIDS, this is not correct. You can have HIV without having AIDS, with an early diagnosis and correct treatment people can live long lives with HIV without ever developing AIDS.
BioSURE HIV Self Test may not detect HIV infections that have occurred within the last 3 months.
BioSURE HIV Self Test is simple to perform and extremely accurate but only if you perform the test correctly. It is essential you carefully read and follow all of the instructions.
BioSURE HIV Self Test must be stored at room temperature, but not above 30C as this will affect the test performance. Do not store in direct sunlight or above a radiator.
BioSURE HIV Self Test is not suitable if you are receiving active retroviral treatment (ART).
BioSURE HIV Self Test will only work with a sample of whole human blood.
Wash your hands and ensure they are clean and dry before starting the test.
Ensure the environment where you will perform the test is light and bright so you can perform your test and read the results easily.
Before opening your BioSURE HIV Self Test foil pouch check that it is not damaged. Do not use your test if the pouch is torn or perforated in any way. Please phone 0845 222 0012 or contact us via our contact form.
Before using your BioSURE HIV Self Test, check that the expiry date of the test has not passed.
Do not open the BioSURE HIV Self Test foil pouch until you are ready to perform the test.
You will need a timer.
Do not read your test result after 1 hour of performing the test.
BioSURE HIV Self Test is a single use, disposable IVD test device. (IVD means In Vitro Diagnostic device, a diagnostic test that is performed outside of a living body).
To dispose of your BioSURE HIV Self Test please place all of the components back in to the box and place the box into the opaque disposal bag included. The bag can then be sealed to help protect your privacy and thrown away with your normal rubbish.
If your result is positive you should contact your local sexual health clinic or healthcare professional who will perform a confirmatory HIV test and provide advice.
If your test is negative it does not mean you are definitely not infected with HIV, especially if your exposure may have occurred within the past 3 months. If you engage in activities that increase your risk of exposure to HIV you should test regularly.
Is an HIV Self Test the right choice for me? HIV self-testing is not suitable for everyone. You may want to talk to someone before performing your HIV test and also consider what you are going to do when you get your result - whether positive or negative.
How does my test work? The technology is very similar to a human pregnancy test. The process detects specific antibodies in your blood sample, (not actual HIV) and this is what produces the second line (Test Line).
How accurate is my BioSURE HIV Self Test? The test is extremely effective at diagnosing HIV. Extensive research has proven this test is tremendously accurate when performed correctly, with similar accuracy to a pregnancy test.
- It has a proven clinical sensitivity (if a person has HIV how often the test will be positive) of 99.7%, this means that on average 997 in every 1,000 positive results will be correct.
- It has a proven clinical specificity (if a person doesn’t have HIV how often will the test be negative) of 99.9%, 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 do I have to wait until 3 months after exposure to test if I have HIV? Everybody makes antibodies at different rates and there needs to be enough antibodies in your blood sample to be able to detect them. A negative result may not be accurate until 3 months after infection 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 who 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.
What is the ‘window period’? This is the time from when HIV infection occurs and when a test can correctly give a positive result. During this period, someone who has been infected with HIV will still get a negative test result because they will not have enough HIV antibodies in their blood sample to generate a positive result.
I’m worried I have been exposed to HIV within the past 72 hours. You need to visit a specialist HIV clinic 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.
I can’t find the buffer bottle. It is in the end of the device. You need to pull it out of the end and place in the round hole in the box.
The buffer bottle won’t fit into hole. It needs to be foil side up to fit in the hole.
The lancet won’t click. You may have already clicked the lancet by mistake, it will only work once. Phone 0845 222 0012
Will using the lancet hurt? Not really, it is best to use your middle or ring finger and the sides of the tip of your finger as there are less nerve endings there.
Does it matter which finger I get the blood from? No, the blood will be the same from whichever finger you get it from.
How does the tip automatically fill up? The patented design of the BioSURE HIV Self Test device means the blood sample is taken into the tip automatically by capillary action.
My test hasn’t started to run. Make sure the device tip is fully pushed into the buffer bottle right the way to the bottom. The test can only run when the tip is fully inserted. Push the device down firmly until it will go no further.
Why does the test have to stand up? Because the buffer and sample solution has to run up the test strip contained within the device. The test cannot run properly if it is run laying down, the control line may not appear and the your test result will not be valid.
What happens if my test falls over while it is running? Stand it up as soon as possible. Your test should still work if it has only not been standing up for a short time. You will know if your test has worked by the appearance of the control line after 15 minutes.
My completed test won’t fit securely in the Results section of the box. Leave the buffer bottle on the device, it will then fit snugly into the cut out shape in the box.
I can’t see any results. Make sure the blue wording is facing towards you when you place the test device into the cut out shape in the box.
How do I dispose of my test? A sealable, opaque polythene bag is included with your test. Place all the components back into the box, place this into the bag and seal. You can then throw the bag away discreetly with your usual rubbish.
How will I know if my test has run correctly? All BioSURE HIV Self Test devices have an inbuilt sample control line to ensure that the test has been performed and run correctly. If the control line does not appear your test has not worked. Please throw your test away as described above and retest with a new device.
How do I know if my result is correct? Your test result will only be greater than 99.7% accurate after 3 months following exposure to HIV. This is because your body may not have produced enough antibodies for the test to detect. Within the 3 months following your exposure incident, your negative test result may not be accurate. If you have any doubts about your result or have any symptoms you should visit your local healthcare professional. If you are not sure of the exact timing of the risk incident, you should test again after 3 months.
My HIV Self Test result says ‘My test result is positive' What do I do now? Firstly, don’t panic. Your BioSURE HIV Self Test, is extremely accurate but you must go and see a healthcare professional who will perform another test to confirm your result. The earlier diagnosis is made and treatment started, the more successful the treatment will be. With early diagnosis and treatment you can live a normal and healthy life. You can phone the NHS on 111, contact your GP or use the postcode searcher to find your nearest Sexual Health Clinic. It is really important you seek medical advice if you get a positive result. Remember HIV is 3 letters, not a sentence and living a rewarding normal life coping with HIV is now entirely possible.
My BioSURE HIV Self Test result says ‘My test result is negative’. What do I do now? You must remember that from initial HIV infection it can take up to 3 months for your body to produce enough antibodies for your test to give a positive result. If you have any doubts about your result or have any HIV symptoms you must contact a healthcare professional who can perform a confirmatory test. Don't put yourself at risk based on your test result. Using condoms is an effective and easy way to protect your own and others sexual health. Choose to Stay Negative.
How often should I test for HIV? If you make choices that put you at an increased HIV risk exposure it is a good idea to test every 3 months
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