Talking about home testing for HIV

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Mrs anxious



my partner and I have been together for 20 years

Hello my partner and I have been together for 20 years and we have not had sexual activity with anyone else since we met,because we both had previous partners we decided to get tested we used biosure and we are both negative my questions are do we need to get our results confirmed by our GP because I have seen on Google that home testing only checks for antibodies and the tests that are done by GP are tested for actual HIV my second question is biosure accurate? I would appreciate your advice as I feel a bit confused thank you.

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 02nd May 2017

Hi Mrs Anxious Thanks for contacting us. No, you don't need to get your results confirmed by your GP. If you have been in a monogamous relationship for 20 years and you and your partner have both got negative test results there is no chance that both test results would be incorrect. The BioSURE HIV Self Test does detect antibodies to HIV. Tests run by GPs are able to detect both antibodies and a product from the virus itself (the so-called p24 antigen). Directly detecting this antigen is only relevant if your potential exposure to HIV is WITHIN the last 3 months. After that time antibody tests are more reliable. So in your case the BioSURE HIV Self Test would be as accurate as any test that your GP could run for HIV. I hope that this answers your questions. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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