HIV home blood test is a single-use at-home HIV test kit that allows you to receive results in the comfort of your own home and at a time that is convenient for you.
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, and affects your body’s ability to fight infections and diseases.
What is HIV?
HIV is an abbreviation for 'human immunodeficiency virus.' It is an illness produced by a virus that targets the immune system of the body. It is most usually spread through anal or vaginal intercourse without the use of a condom.
The term 'immunodeficiency' alludes to the virus's harm to your immune system. Your immune system exists to protect you from infections and illnesses. HIV weakens your immune system, making it less capable of protecting you from sickness and keeping you healthy.
Antiretroviral medicine can be used to treat HIV. Though HIV cannot be cured entirely, proper treatment means you can live a long and healthy life. If you begin therapy early, you should be able to manage the infection within a few months. This implies you won't be able to send any data.
Most individuals may miss the early symptoms since they are similar to a cold or flu and only last a week or two.
Early HIV symptoms may include:
- throat pain
- a skin rash
HIV symptoms in men and women are similar, yet they might differ from one individual to the next.
These cold-like symptoms, known as a ‘seroconversion' sickness, emerge between two and six weeks after infection. Seroconversion indicates that your immune system is responding to a virus and has begun to manufacture antibodies (blood proteins) to combat the viral infection. These antibodies are what an HIV test detects.
The untreated virus will continue to harm your immune system after the seroconversion sickness, but you may not notice any further symptoms for years.
HIV is found in the body fluids of an infected person, which includes semen, vaginal and anal fluids, blood, and breast milk. It is a fragile virus and does not survive outside the body for long.
HIV cannot be transmitted through sweat or urine.
The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have an HIV test, as symptoms of HIV may not appear for many years. Anyone who thinks they could have HIV should get tested.
HIV testing is provided to anyone free of charge on the NHS. Many clinics can give you the result on the same day. Home testing and home sampling kits are also available.
Some people are at particularly high risk of becoming infected with HIV and may be advised to have regular tests.
CAUTION: This is VENOUS only test. You will need a medical professional to take your blood sample.