The self-proclaimed most accurate HIV home-testing kit in the World has been launched across the UK, in the hope of reducing the number of undiagnosed cases in circulation.
The BioSURE HIV Self Test requires just a tiny drop of blood for a simple-to-read result in 15 minutes, with 99.7% accuracy from three months after infection, and is the only such product approved for sale in the UK.
It is thought that around 26,000 people in the UK are unaware that they are carrying HIV, and thus risk unknowingly infecting thousands more with the disease.
Also, as early diagnosis is key to attaining the best outcomes, patients would massively benefit from receiving treatment as soon as possible.
“We know that if people are diagnosed with HIV and start treatment early then they can avoid serious complications and lead long and healthy lives. Unfortunately 24% of people living with HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed so we have to do much more to encourage people to test,” said Rosemary Gillespie, Chief Executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, which has long campaigned for the availability of home tests.
“The main difference between this and other testing options is that it gives the convenience of doing an HIV test at home, with the result delivered outside a clinical setting, which we know some people prefer,” she added, but also stressed the importance of ensuring patient can get “quick access” to support should on getting their result.
The single-use home test costs £29.95; HIV testing on the National Health Service is free.