Wednesday, August 24, 2022
According to Public Health England, In the UK, 95% of people diagnosed with HIV acquired it through sexual contact, through mainly unprotected vaginal or anal sex. It is possible to catch HIV through unprotected oral sex, but the risk is far lower.
In 2020: Of the 106,890 people living with HIV in the UK, approximately 5,150 remain undiagnosed. People who remain unaware of their HIV status are unknowingly the source of most new infections.
Some think HIV is the same as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AID’s), but it is not. That is why testing is so important, you must know your status to treat the virus. Treatments now are so good, that with an early diagnosis and correct treatment that is taken regularly, the virus can be suppressed to such low levels it becomes undetectable so your health is protected and incredibly, you cannot pass it on.
Globally there is an aim to end acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AID’s) by 2030 and this starts with knowing your status, everyone plays a part in this huge change.
Until recently there were two main options for testing HIV, visiting a sexual health clinic and a home HIV blood test kit. Both tests require sending to a lab for testing and then you would normally have to wait days or even weeks for your results.
Along with the traditional HIV testing methods, there is now an option to self-test and self-sample. So, there will be no need to see a professional and this option means you can do a pain-free, easy test in the comfort of your own home, nobody else needs to be involved. These tests are over 99.7% accurate and you can get your results in as little as 20 minutes, with no blood involved!
Introducing the Oraquick HIV self-test kit. Knowing your status has never been easier. The release of this new test kit is the most technically advanced HIV testing available.
Instead of the normal blood, labs, and questions, you can get results in minutes with just a simple and pain-free swab of your gums.
The OraQuick HIV Self-Test is extremely effective at diagnosing HIV. Extensive technology research has shown this test kit to be usable and extremely accurate when performed correctly.
It has a proven clinical sensitivity(if a person has HIV how often the test will be positive) of >99.9%, and a proven clinical specificity (if a person does not have HIV how often will the test be negative) of >99.8%.
The test kit includes the following:
Collect: Swab your upper gums once and your lower gums once with either side of the flat pad.
Insert: Put the test directly into the test holder, make sure to avoid any cross-contamination.
Read: The test window will turn pink for a few minutes. Do not read your results before 20 minutes have passed. Once your results are ready, you must read between 20 and 40 minutes from the start time.
Take back control today and order an Oral HIV test kit online from Oxford Online Pharmacy. If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact a member of our team we are always happy to help!