HIV Self-Testing Kit Goes on Sale in UK

The first legally approved HIV self-testing kit has gone on sale in the UK. The BioSure HIV Self Test will enable people to test themselves when and where they like, with a 99.7% accuracy rate. An estimated 26,000 people in the UK have HIV but are unaware of it, making them unknowingly responsible for the majority of onward transmissions. Due to developments in treatments available, HIV is now a manageable disease but late diagnosis can have a devastating impact on health and life expectancy. 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.

BioSure founder Brigette Bard said its launch is a significant step towards normalising HIV testing. It is only available online as she said the main reason for people using it is so they can be discreet. "Knowing your HIV status is critical and 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," she said.

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  • Black African MSM appear twice as likely to contract HIV as other ethnic groups

    (Sigma Research, 2011)

  • BAME MSM make up 0.1% of the total population in the UK, but 13% of MSM diagnosed with HIV.

    (Nastal-3, PHE, 2013)

  • Black MSM are also twice as likely to report homophobic attacks in their local area compared to the white population - 13% compared to 6% respectively

    (Stonewall, 2013)