Are there any HIV tests that can be taken at home?

Yes, we offer two types of HIV tests which can be taken at home. The main difference between these tests is the time it takes for an infection to show up and how long it takes to get the results.

The first test is a blood sample for which you are asked to provide a few drops of blood in a sample tube, which is then sent to the lab. This can take a few days for processing before you get the result. This test should be taken at least 4 weeks after potential exposure to infection.

The second test is the Insti test which uses a small amount of blood taken from a finger prick. This test provides instant results but needs to be taken at least 12 weeks after potential exposure to infection.

A reactive result on either of these tests will require further confirmatory tests to be undertaken in a clinic before a diagnosis is confirmed.

Last updated at: 08 March 2022


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