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HIV Self Testing Kits
 
# 1 : Monday 27-4-2015 @ 19:31
 
 
The first legally approved HIV self-testing kit has gone on sale in the UK.

The BioSure HIV Self Test will enable people to test themselves when and where they like, with a 99.7% accuracy rate.

An estimated 26,000 people in the UK have HIV but are unaware of it, making them unknowingly responsible for the majority of onward transmissions. Due to developments in treatments available, HIV is now a manageable disease but late diagnosis can have a devastating impact on health and life expectancy.

The self-test kit uses a small amount of blood from a finger pin-prick sample to detect the presence of HIV antibodies, and offers a result in just 15 minutes.

BioSure founder Brigette Bard said its launch is a significant step towards normalising HIV testing. It is only available online as she said the main reason for people using it is so they can be discreet.

“Knowing your HIV status is critical and the launch of this product will empower people to discreetly test themselves when it is convenient to them and in a place where they feel comfortable,” she said.

All positive test results will need to be confirmed by a healthcare professional and it is recommended that those in high-risk groups are tested every three months.

The only alternative currently available is home sampling, which involves a person collecting a blood sample at home – which she said is 160 times larger than the sample required for a self test – and sending it by post to a laboratory. They are then informed of their result by text or by phone five days later.

Dr Michael Brady of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust described the new self-testing kit as a really exciting development. He said: “Rates of undiagnosed HIV and late diagnoses remain unacceptably high in the UK and continue to contribute to unnecessary illness and onward transmission of the virus.

“We know that early diagnosis and access to successful HIV treatment has major benefits, not just for those infected but also for public health in general by reducing HIV transmission.

“The single biggest thing that we can do to have a major impact on the HIV epidemic is to dramatically increase HIV testing rates, especially in those most at risk. The availability of HIV self-testing will help us achieve that.”

Deborah Gold, chief executive of the National Aids Trust, said: “We currently have a long way to go when it comes to diagnosing people with HIV on time. Over 40% of people living with HIV are diagnosed late, meaning they have been living with HIV for at least four years.

“People diagnosed late are 11 times more likely to die in the first year after diagnosis. To address this public health challenge we need to look at new ways for people to test and self-testing is an important and welcome additional option.”

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/27/hiv-self-testing-k etc ...

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Bio SURE HIV Self Test

http://hivselftest.co.uk/

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if they don't deliver to Ireland, or if you don't want it sent to your home address, there's always
http://www.parcelmotel.com/
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# 2 : Monday 27-4-2015 @ 19:50
 
 
Is it legal to import them to Ireland?

I'm afraid of needles so this is good.

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# 3 : Monday 27-4-2015 @ 20:07
 
 
I don't think I would go to a doctor if I got a positive on a home test. I'm a 'bury my head in the sand' type when it comes to my own health.
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# 4 : Tuesday 28-4-2015 @ 00:44
 
 
Hopefully the availability will enable more people who are at risk to get tested. A lot of people feel they can't go to a public STD clinic for one reason or another; afraid of being seen going in or out, can't risk a notification at home because they are married or closeted or both. Can't go to the local clap clinic because he is the Parish Priest etc. etc..
This way you can order it using ParcelMotel and maintain your anonymity. Results in 15 minutes.
Like the article said there are tens of thousands in the UK alone who have HIV and do not know it. These are the main cause of the continued spread of the disease.
This new readily available self test will hopefully bring down the numbers of new infections.
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# 5 : Tuesday 28-4-2015 @ 01:17
 
 
Atilla I imported home testing kits from Holland to Ireland
Not certain if "legal" but they came

They were the saliva tests that are approved in the USA for home testing
I think Saliva/oral tests are better for home testing as people may not want to prick themselves with a needle
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# 6 : Thursday 3-12-2015 @ 19:20
 
 
you can buy 5 hiv tests that are posted from Singapore and cos 50 pounds sterling for 5 tests they are very good and arrive in discreet packaging in bout 7 working days. google the hiv kits which work by using a finger prick of blood into a vial.
the company that provides them is called EZ-TRUST a product of CS Innovation Singapore
www.csinnovation.com.sg
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# 7 : Thursday 3-12-2015 @ 19:36
 
 
www.ifreedomtesting.com
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