Test yourself at home…
1.What is it?
An over the counter kit to independently test for HIV which allows the user to do the test in the comfort of their own home with immediate results.
CE mark approved
2. Why is it important?
Just over 100, 000 people in the UK are living with HIV and most are currently receiving antiretroviral therapy which has significantly increased the quality of life.
However, human trafficking cases could benefit especially from this kit as there are currently over 70, 000 sex workers in the UK this could be a more discrete way to help potentially HIV positive people to visit a doctor and receive adequate treatment.
Mylan are also working on reducing the cost of testing as each device is currently being sold at 22.95 euros – link for purchase here.
3. How does it work?
This is a 5 minute skin prick test which uses a single drop of blood and uses the immunochromatographic assay method to test for HIV- 1 and HIV- 2 antibodies.
Similar to a pregnancy test, if positive 2 lines appear in the window, if negative only the control line will show in the window.
Specificity – 98% negative predicted values
Sensitivity – 100% positive predicted values
Note: This test detects antibodies from transmission 3 months ago so it may not detect HIV antibodies transmitted within 3 months of this procedure.
Always check a positive result with a doctor and consult for effective prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART).
4. The future
Providing better access to testing in less economically developed countries where HIV is still a major issue.
This may be a more cost effective way of diagnosis HIV status as testing and results are presented with the same kit without laboratory needs.
5. Who is involved?
All images in this post belong to: http://autotest-vih.eu/en/
This post is geared towards raising awareness on human trafficking as part of UN Womens’s 16 days of activism against gender based violence. To find out more, click on the image below: