Talking about home testing for HIV

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Storage and reliability

Some experts have issues with the storage of tests used away from a controlled lab. With tests being sold in Superdrug and Boots, could human error with storage be an issue ?
Also why does the media keep stating that antibody tests have issues with false results (with the current coronavirus situation)?


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Becky Smith, BioSURE UK LTD
 Work on 18th May 2020

Hi Storage and reliability, We recommend to keep your test stored between 8 and 30 degrees Celcius but our data suggests that they can be stored above or below these temperatures for around a week before the samples on the strip begin to degrade. When we provide a pharmacy with our test, we often provide training to the pharmacists about correct storage etc. but usually there would be no problem with storing the tests between these temperatures as they would be stored at room temperature. Kindest regards, Becky

Storage and reliability
 Used on 17th May 2020

Thanks for your reply I am guessing the tests have to be robust to survive postage and delivery in winter and summer and possibly delivery to other countries . My concern was due to the pharmacists not knowing that they sold the test .

Becky Smith, BioSURE UK LTD
 Work on 14th May 2020

Hi Unsure, The BioSURE HIV self test can be stored between 8 and 30 degrees Celcius so there is no reason to believe that the tests could be stored in extreme temperature conditions where the test could degrade in any way. There is currently no data to suggest that there is any interference of results as the antibodies for COVID19 are different to the antibodies for HIV, but some individuals may confuse their symptoms of COVID19 for HIV symptoms as the flu-like symptoms are similar. Kindest regards, Becky

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