Home HIV test

Wondering whether or not you have Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is probably the scariest thing you will ever have to face. While the social stigma and lifespan of people with HIV is much improved from what it was in the 1980s, it is still a very serious disease with life changing ramifications that cannot be taken lightly. In fact, testing positive for HIV can impact everything in your life. This makes it something that you want to keep private and personal—from taking the HIV test to receiving the results.

That is exactly what makes home HIV test kits so very helpful. Home HIV test kits, at least the ones that have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are safe, reliable and extremely private. No more sitting in a doctor’s office, scared, shaking and hating every minute of the visit. Instead, you can take the home HIV test kit’s finger prick applicator and draw a little blood from the tip of one of your fingers. Get the blood on the special paper supplied within the home HIV test kit and then send it off to the lab for testing. You will be given a special personal identification number in the kit so that no one even knows you have taken the home HIV test or sent off your blood to the lab. Within a few weeks the lab will have analyzed your blood sample and you can call in to get your results.

Home HIV test kits that have been approved by the FDA are available at your local drug store. It is possible that this will be the only problem in obtaining one. You do need to face someone at the store unless you can buy it from their online site which can be uncomfortable. Make sure you go to a store where you don’t know anyone and probably won’t run into anyone if you are concerned about your privacy.

It is possible that you have seen many different types of home HIV test kits for sale online and elsewhere that promise immediate results and non-invasive fluid procurement—such as a saliva test. These home HIV test kits will explain that a little light may turn red if you have HIV and will not turn on if you are free of HIV. These tests promise quick results but they are not approved by the FDA. Therefore, they have not been tested and there is no way to figure out whether or not they are accurate at detecting the HIV virus. If you really want an answer to your concern about whether or not you have HIV then you should stick with the FDA approved tests. The false sense of hope you may get from using a non FDA approved test that shows a negative result when you actually have HIV could lead to you not getting treatment and to your HIV turning into full blown aids when left untreated.

The biggest concern in people using home HIV test kits that HAVE been approved by the FDA is the concern about when, and how, they will obtain follow up treatment. If you get your lab test results from your home HIV test and they state that you do, in fact, have HIV, then you need to be under a doctor’s care immediately. Without proper and immediate treatment, HIV can turn into AIDS. Additionally, you need to stop having unprotected sex the moment you think you may have HIV and until you get a clean bill of health from the lab that analyzes your home HIV test kit’ blood sample. It is highly inappropriate if not criminal to have unprotected sexual relations with someone if you suspect you may have any sexually transmitted disease.

Last updated on Apr 8th, 2010 and filed under Reproductive Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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