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Home tested after 12 weeks

Hi there,

I used the BIOSure home test after exactly 12 weeks after unprotected heterosexual intercourse and got a negative result. I waited an additional 5 minutes to make sure and there was no change. I watched the whole process take place even when the blood moved up the testing strip.

The ability to take a home test at my own leisure was a lot of relaxing than going to a GUM clinic or gp and, in addition, getting a result after 15 minutes is infinitely better than waiting anxiously for a number of days.

Thinking back, is it right to assume that the test sample goes unaffected even for that brief period when blood is exposed to air (following pin prick, it took me 20/30 seconds to make sure all the blood went up the testing tube as i was comparing it to the picture and repressing against my finger]?

Nevertheless, it’s a great test.

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK)
 Work on 02nd May 2016

Dear Yossarian The test is completely unaffected by how long it takes to collect the sample into the device. In fact, we have run tests that have been left for 30 minutes before inserting into the buffer pot and they have still worked. The control line is the critical thing. This will not trigger if there is anything wrong with the test procedure. So if you got the control line to come up, then you have performed the test correctly. I hope this helps. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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