With the various breakthroughs in science and technology, the ability to test for HIV on your own has become possible.
Home HIV test kits are now available all over the world so that people who want to get tested for HIV can buy them and use them. These products offer numerous advantages that people can avail of.
Before I enumerate the benefits of home HIV test kits, let me give you an overview of HIV first.
What is HIV?
HIV is Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a sexually-transmitted disease that has victimized several millions of people around the globe. It is a virus that attacks a person’s immune system.
What are the symptoms of HIV?
Some of the most common HIV symptoms are the following:
- Sore throat
- Appetite loss
- Swelling in the armpits and/or neck
- Rashes on the chest and/or other parts of the body
- Sweating at night
- Weight loss
- Swelling of the lymph nodes
- Infections in the genitals
- Persistent headaches
As soon as you experience any of these symptoms, it is best to get tested for HIV immediately so that the proper treatment can be administered to you.
Now that we have taken a brief look at what HIV is, let us now go back to the topic of home HIV tests.
How do home HIV test kits work?
Home HIV test kits come in handy packages that are light and easy to use. There is a manual that explains in detail how to do the testing process step by step. Before you open the package, you must wash your hands so as to avoid contaminating the equipment.
Read the instruction manual and carefully follow the procedure on HIV testing.
Most HIV testing kits require a blood sample from the patient, so you must be ready to take a blood sample of your own blood on your own. If you are scared, you might want to ask a friend or a family member to help you with this step.
You will need to place the blood sample on a micropipette and the test strip. After about 20-30 minutes, the test strip will show either a + or -, which signifies that you are positive or negative for HIV.
If you test positive for HIV, you should go see a doctor immediately and undergo another HIV test, this time using the traditional methods of HIV testing so as to verify your condition.