Self-testing is a quick, convenient
and confidential HIV testing option
An HIV self-test allows you to find out your status in the privacy of your own home.
HIV self-testing does not provide a final diagnosis or result. Instead, it is a screening test that shows the presence of cells and antibodies in your blood which fight HIV. A self-test is very accurate; however, a positive test needs to be verified by another blood-based test at a medical clinic or through a Healthcare Professional.
Your privacy is a primary concern to us. HIV self-testing supports patient choice and is committed to preserving confidentiality. No personal information will be shared with a third party.
WITS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH and HIV INSTITUTE( WRHI ) is one of the largest research Institutes of the University of the Witwatersrand and has reviewed and contributed to the information and content of this website.
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How soon will I receive an
accurate result from an HIV test?
After a person has been infected with HIV, there is a four-week gap – commonly referred to as a ‘window period’ – where the virus will not be detected by a test. The HIV test only tests your status from four weeks ago; if you have contracted HIV in the last four weeks, it will still show up as negative.
If you think you have been exposed to the risk of HIV, you should not wait for the four-week window period to pass before seeking help. You should contact your local sexual health clinic or doctor immediately and discuss your options.
When you should not self-test
If you are already taking HIV anti-retroviral therapy as there may be a risk of a false negative result. Kindly consult with your Healthcare Professional before you use the self-test.