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10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Testing for HIV

Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:24:24 AM Africa/Johannesburg

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:

HIV Self-Testing exists and has been legally approved

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 treatable

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.

Knowing your HIV status is vital

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.

Performing the self-test is incredibly easy

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:

Privacy and convenience are only some of the benefits self-testing offers

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 safe - but make sure you use an approved product

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.

How to check if a test has been legally approved

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.

You don’t have to be alone to self-test

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 is readily available

The BioSURE test retails at R159 and is available from the e-commerce store, , 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.

Self-testing is an option for some, you need to consider if it will work for you

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.


First HIV test approved for home use to hit shelves

Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:14:00 AM Africa/Johannesburg

Last year the World Health Organisation released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis.

BioSURE HIV Self Test is described by its makers as “South Africa’s only CE-marked HIV self-test and the first HIV test approved for use at home without a medical professional”. 

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Blessers are main drive behind HIV

Friday, May 5, 2017 10:14:00 AM Africa/Johannesburg

Each year, about 380 000 new HIV infections occur in adolescent girls and young women aged 16 to 24 years in southern and eastern Africa. 

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Learning happiness skills key to better health for HIV patients, study shows

Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:49:06 PM Africa/Johannesburg

Teaching happiness skills to men with HIV gives them greater control over the virus and reduces anti-depressant use‚ a new study shows. 

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Investors inject new funds into HIV test

Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:27:31 PM Africa/Johannesburg

A developer of disposable HIV test kits has raised £500,000 to expand in Africa and South America. BioSure, an Essex venture with 15 staff, is running trials with 18 NHS trusts and sells its product for £29.95 online. 

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BioSure’s Role in "Delivering the First 90” - The Potential of HIV Self Testing

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8:18:02 PM Africa/Johannesburg

The global community has come a long way in the fight against HIV and AIDS. In the last decade HIVAIDS-related deaths have fallen by 45% and new HIV infection rates by almost 10%. On top of this, there are currently over 17 million people receiving anti retroviral treatment (ART or sometimes known as ‘ARV’ in South Africa). These are impressive sounding statistics, but do they point to the near-defeat of of HIV and AIDS? 

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Stigma, misinformation and fear around HIV are still serious issues in South Africa.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 8:11:46 PM Africa/Johannesburg

In order to get everyone who may have been exposed to HIV -- no matter how low the risk -- tested, communities have to work together remove the barriers that keep HIV from being something people talk openly about. The irony is, that if people are misinformed about HIV and how it is transmitted, they are less likely to know if they need to be tested for HIV. The virus can exist in the body for years before symptoms show. As a result, about quarter of people with HIV in South Africa – 1.7millio people - have no idea they have it which means they often unknowingly cause the onward transmission of the virus. This is true of heterosexual people as well as men who have sex with men.Read More
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:59:28 PM Africa/Johannesburg

Before you read this post, stop and try and visualise what someone with HIV looks like

Man or a woman? Black or white? Young or old? Homeless? Someone that looks like one of your mates?

I may as well have asked you to just visualise a person on the street because HIV can affect anyone - regardless of their sexual orientation, where they live, what they do for a living, how much money they have, or how much sex they have.  As Elton John pointed out ‘AIDS is caused by a virus, but the AIDS epidemic…was fuelled by stigma, violence and indifference’

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