Talking about home testing for HIV

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I'd been thinking about my HIV status on and off for a few months

I’d been thinking about my HIV status on and off for a few months, but couldn’t/wouldn’t commit to going to the local STI clinic. So I decided to get a kit, which arrived (with no identifying details) by noon the next day. I thought long and hard about how I would react if I got a positive result, so I was as prepared as I could be – I decided it would be best for me to be on my own, others may differ on that count! On one level the kit is quite imposing, but once you’ve read the instructions a couple of times it really is simple and fool-proof. Even whilst I was a little nervous, the instructions were simple, clear, with clear diagrams for each stage. In the end, the most daunting stage was using the lance to get blood. Not normally squeamish, it took a couple of false starts before I got the courage. From then on everything was plain sailing. Once the test had started I put a bottle of wine in the fridge – I figured it would be useful regardless of the result. I would honestly encourage any & everyone to use this kit for convenience and reassurance. Good luck!

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 Used on 07th November 2016

I am a 58 yr old male who recently contracted my first ever STD. So I visited my local sexual health clinic. As standard they said they always take blood to test for other things including HIV. They told me the result would take 2 weeks. I was sent into a panic so decided to take a home test. The home test arrived in plain plastic packaging so to keep everything descrite. The instructions were very simple to follow and the test itself easy to administer and to check the results. The 15 minutes wait for the test to complete seemed a lifetime but much better than worrying for 14 days. I would recommend the home test to anyone concerned about HIV.

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