LONDON, UK, December 1, 2016 /CNW/ – The world’s fastest HIV self test has launched for sale online in the UK ahead of World AIDS Day.
The launch follows research from the British HIV Association indicating that of the 28,000 units sold between 2015 and 2016, 75% were from non-metropolitan areas and almost half of users were first time testers.
bioLytical Laboratories, a world leader in rapid infectious disease tests, has developed a new sixty second solution in the INSTI® HIV Self Test. The test detects HIV up to two weeks sooner than all other HIV home tests.
The self test provides an estimated 18,000 people in the UK, who are unaware of their positive status , the opportunity to test without waiting for an appointment or the results. TV's Dr. Christian Jessen, says: “Two of the biggest barriers we face in confronting HIV are awareness and access. Online access to tests and education on the importance of HIV testing are vital this World AIDS Day.”
Access to sexual health clinics in the UK has been widely reported to affect rural communities over cities, with city residents benefiting from widely available sexual health services as well as primary and secondary care consultancy. Stan Miele, bioLytical’s Chief Commercial Officer, says: “We developed the INSTI HIV Self Test for just this reason, to enable individuals to take control of their own schedule when it comes to HIV testing. The test is easy to use and can be conducted in the comfort of your own home offering an instant result.”
With one finger prick and a single drop of blood, the INSTI HIV Self Test provides instant results and is over 99% accurate. With other home HIV tests, individuals must wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a result to be produced or several days or weeks in the case of laboratory tests.
The INSTI HIV Self Test kit also includes a resource card on where to seek help or for those who have general questions on HIV screening.
The test kit is available now online at www.INSTI-HIVSelfTest.com