Testing & Understanding Results
Preparing to do your HIV home self-test
There are some basic preparations you'll need to go through before taking the OraQuick® HIV home test. In order to ensure you get properly tested for HIV, please follow the test directions carefully to get an accurate HIV test result.
Here are some recommendations to prepare:
- Do not eat, drink or use oral care products (such as mouthwash, toothpaste or whitening strips) 30 minutes before starting this test.
- Before getting tested for HIV, always use the directions in the HIV home test kit to help read your results correctly.
- Make sure you have a timer, watch or something that can time 20 to 40 minutes to keep ttrack of time for your HIV test results.
- It may be helpful to have access to a phone to speak directly with a support person in case you require additional support with your oral HIV home test kit, or your HIV test results.
Remember, this test detects HIV infection if used 3 months after a risk event. That's because OraQuick oral swab tests for HIV antibodies, and it takes your body up to 3 months to produce these antibodies at levels that can be detected by this test.
Other important information:
You must be 18 or older to use this oral swab HIV home test kit.
If you're HIV positive or are on treatment or preventive treatment for HIV, the OraQuick home HIV test kit is not meant for you.
If you've participated in an HIV vaccine clinical trial, you may get a positive result using this test, but it may not mean that you are infected with HIV. You should seek follow-up with the research group.
Don't use the test if:
The tamper-evident seal on the oral swab HIV test kit has been broken or if any of the package contents are missing, broken, or have been opened.
The expiration date of the test is passed the date printed on the outside of the box.
The oral swab HIV self test has been exposed to household cleaning products.
The oral swab HIV self test has been stored outside the acceptable temperature of 2°-30°C.
Reading your OraQuick HIV self-test results
Interpreting the test is very simple. The below information explains how to tell when a HIV test is negative or positive. Knowing your HIV status is an important part of your overall health. Regardless of your status, there are options for prevention and treatment to help keep you healthy. When performing an oral swab HIV self test, please refer to the package insert, inclusive of the warnings and precautions.
If there's one line next to the "C" and no line next to the "T", your result is negative.
If there are two complete lines, one next to the "C" and any line next to the "T"—even a faint line—you may have HIV.
Negative Result Explanation
If your oral swab HIV test result is negative and if it has been at least 3 months since you have had a risk event and you have followed the directions carefully, then you likely do not have HIV.
If your HIV test result is negative and you engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV, you should test regularly. We offer monthly, 3 -monthly and 6-monthly oral swab HIV self test kit subscriptions, so you can enjoy your time while we take care of remembering to send out a HIV self test to your home.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that HIV is preventable. Understanding how you can avoid getting HIV is important to protect yourself and your partner(s).
Positive Result Explanation
If your HIV result is positive, there are a couple of important things you should do next.
A clinic or healthcare professional must confirm your HIV test result.
There are also some things that you should know about HIV that may ease some of the stress or confusion that you may be feeling:
- You are not alone
- Medical treatments are available to help people live long, healthy, lives
- Having HIV does not mean that you have or will get AIDS
With new treatments, many people who are HIV-positive continue to live long and active lives. They are also able to have normal relationships with HIV-negative individuals without the risk of infecting them with the virus. Ongoing research is finding better ways to treat HIV nearly every day. The key is to identify the infection as early as possible before irreparable damage is done.
Warnings & Precautions
A positive HIV result with this home self test test does not mean that you are definitely infected with HIV, but rather that additional HIV testing should be done in a medical setting.
A negative result with this test does not mean that you are definitely not infected with HIV, particularly when exposure may have been within the previous 3 months..
If your test is negative and you engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV on a regular basis, you should test regularly.
This product should not be used to make decisions on behavior that may put you at increased risk for HIV.
We’re Here For You!
Worried about your HIV self
test results? Questions about HIV self testing, HIV or AIDS? Reach out to
the NHS Sexual Health helpline: 0300 123 7123.
For comprehensive guidance on testing instructions and interpreting OraQuick HIV Self-Test test results, refer to the directions provided with your in-home kit. Post-exposure detection of HIV may take up to three months, known as the window period, in which antibodies to the virus are developed. Testing during the window period may produce negative results. With a positive result and if the results are inconclusive, seek additional testing in a medical setting.