BioSURE is the world’s easiest HIV Self-Test. No Questions. No Forms. No Waiting.
Here are 10 things you should know about HIV self-testing:
A trend analysis has shown that an astonishing amount of people aren’t aware of the availability of HIV self-tests and don’t know that you can easily get and safely perform an accurate HIV self-test in the comfort of your own home.
HIV is a preventable and treatable illness. If you get onto the correct treatment quickly enough, HIV is manageable up to the point where viral suppression occurs. This means that viral levels in your body get so low that if you continue treatment, you are no longer at risk of transmitting the virus and can live a completely normal life with fulfilling relationships.
Getting treatment for HIV as soon as possible is critically important. Advancements in technology and treatment now mean it’s possible to reduce or eliminate your risk by making the safe and informed choice to test regular and obtain treatment early.
The HIV self-test is similar to a home pregnancy test or diabetic test. The BioSURE test is blood-based which means it’s very accurate as it actively looks for antibodies. BioSURE is known as the easiest test on the market. You only need to prick your finger with a single-use lancet provided in the test to draw the tiniest drop of blood. By touching the tip of the test vial into the blood, it automatically sucks up the necessary amount. You then firmly press the vial into the buffer solution in the box provided and after 15 minutes you’ll have your result. Watch just how easy it is to do here: www.hivselftest.co.za.
If you use the BioSURE HIV self-test you automatically become your own health advocate. It’s easy to perform, discreetly packaged and can be ordered online for complete privacy. The convenience of the test makes it the ideal choice for those reluctant to go to the clinic. In focus groups held by the BioSURE team, young people felt that self-testing should be the new norm. It offers choice and convenience, is easy to use and can be done in private.
Self-testing is encouraged by the World Health Organization BUT only if you use a legally approved test. This will eliminate the possibility of an incorrect result. A false negative from an unapproved test will prevent you from getting onto treatment. Avoid transmitting the disease and getting sicker by knowing your status. BioSURE is the best choice for a home test, it has been legally approved, carries the CE mark and is 99.7% accurate.
Look for the CE mark. This means that a diagnostic test has been checked and deemed acceptable for home and private use. Some of the other HIV self-tests are good, but only meant for use by healthcare professionals – you MUST buy a test intended for home use. A test carrying the CE mark means people with no medical background can accurately perform the test and read the results. BioSURE is currently the only CE marked HIV test on the South African market.
If you’re worried about being alone when you get your results, remember that it is a personal choice to do the test on your own. In fact: many people test with a friend, a loved one or a partner. If you do choose to do it alone, the BioSURE packaging includes all the instructions you will need to take the next step to reach out for counselling and treatment should you get a positive result.
The BioSURE test retails at R159 and is available from the e-commerce store,www.hivselftest.co.za , and if you order it online it will also be delivered to your door in discreet packaging. However, in South Africa, if you don’t have ready access to the internet or a computer, the HIV test is stocked in DisChem pharmacies nationwide. Find it in the sexual health aisle or near the pregnancy and other diagnostic tests.
For many, HIV self-testing is ideal because of the many benefits it offers. A lot of people feel they would like to do it in the comfort of their own home, or surrounded by loved ones instead of impersonal nurses. However, it’s important to note that self-testing is still only one option in the world of getting tested for HIV.
It’s up to you to decide whether this is the right choice for you. If you have any doubts, rather go to a clinic or your GP.
Don’t let anything stop you from knowing your status.