Hot topic on Twitter and Facebook and big news in the medical world… I’m talking about the approval of the first legally approved HIV self-testing kit. The BIOSure HIV Self Test, which has gone on sale in the UK, will enable people to test themselves when and where ever they like. The launch of this product will empower people to discreetly test themselves when it is convenient to them and in a place where they feel comfortable.
Due to developments in treatments, HIV is now a manageable disease, but late diagnosis can have a devastating impact on health and life expectancy. With the self-test kit uses a small amount of blood from a finger pin-prick sample to detect the presence of HIV antibodies and offers a result in just 15 minutes with a 99.7% accuracy rate. All positive test results will need to be confirmed by a healthcare professional.
The SelfTest is only available online, which can also help people who are afraid of people’s judgement because it’s very discreet. In the meantime Designers Against Aids does everything possible to clear the stigma around HIV and AIDS, so that in the future people will have no shame anymore to test themselves.