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The BioQuick HIV 5th Generation self-test is a single use disposable device that requires only a small drop of blood and provides results in 20 minutes.
It is the only legally approved, FDA, CE-marked, WHO, device available for 5th generation HIV testing at home, and is over 99% accurate from 14 days after suspected exposure to HIV infection.
Two lines on the device signaling a positive test result to be confirmed by a health professional.
The test will not reliably pick up HIV infections that have occurred within the past 7 days, and we emphasize that it is not suitable for anyone being treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).
They advise stored at room temperature but not above 30 degrees C or in direct sunlight or over a radiator as this will affect test performance.
BioQuick HIV 5ht generation self test will only work with a sample of human whole blood, and hands should be clean and dry before starting the test, adding that the results are invalid one hour after completion of the test.
The BioQuick HIV 5th generation self test components can be packed back into the box and placed in the opaque garbage bag in the kit. The bag can then be sealed to protect the privacy and thrown away in the normal rubbish.
About one in four people infected with HIV are unaware that they are positive, says HIV charities have welcomed the development in the hope that it will encourage more people to get tested, and earlier in the course of their infection.
"People diagnosed late are 11 times more likely to die in the first year after diagnosis. To address this public health challenge, we need to look at new ways for people to test and self-test is an important and welcome additional option . "