HIV and Aids has not been in the news as much as it was in the 1980s but it is still a threat to anyone who is having unprotected sex with people they do not know too well. At one time, the only way to find out if you had been infected was to go to a clinic and wait weeks for the results of the HIV test. It was time-consuming, worrying, and likely to affect you for the rest of your life – however long that was. Now there is an HIV test kit that can be carried out at home and this will be a relief for many. Being legally allowed to take the HIV test at home will make things easier for so many people.
There was once a way to send the test off but again, there would be a waiting time, the fear of the results not being accurate and also the fact that the information was given over the phone. This would mean that the call could come at the most inconvenient time, but with a home HIV test you can take it when it is best for you. In the United States it has been possible to use this kit since 2012 but it is not expected that they will be available in Europe until around 2015.
Great Britain is ahead of the rest when it comes to bringing them in. And since it is estimated that there are 25,000 infected people, but not properly diagnosed, this will be a step in the right direction as they may be moved to get medical attention once they get the result. Taking the test could not be easier as all it takes is a small amount of blood that can be taken from the finger, or by getting a saliva sample from the inside of the mouth. Through the test that was sent away it is clear that there is the need for this product and research has shown that users were happy to test at home and would do the same again if they thought there was the need to.
Aids charities such as the Terrence Higgins Trust are in favor of this and will be great supporters while the legislation is going through that will lead to the sale of the HIV home test kit. They are aware of the back-up services that will be needed, such as counselors, if the results are positive, and the availability of treatment at the earliest stage. It is understood that the HIV home test will not be suitable for everyone, but will reach out to a large proportion of the population who would not otherwise find out that they were infected