Taking a self-screening test for HIV is a convenient way to make sure that you stay on top of your status.
There are a few things you need to know before taking this test.
4 steps to doing HIV self-screening:
- The first thing you need to do is to read the instructions clearly. You will find the instructions inside the box.
- Check the expiry date on the test to make sure the test is still valid. If it is expired, your results may be wrong.
- Once you take the test, you will have to wait between 15-20 minutes before you get your results.
- When you have finished with your test, remember to put all the test equipment back in the box. You must put the box in a plastic bag and throw it in the dust bin.
A positive HIV result may leave you feeling scared, confused or even angry. Feeling these emotions is normal. Many people with HIV live a completely normal and long life.
If your test result is positive, you’ll have to go to the clinic and get tested again to confirm the result. If you test positive at the clinic, the healthcare provider will help you start on treatment.
If your test result is negative, it’s an opportunity for you to think about ways to stay this way. One option to prevent yourself from being infected by HIV is to take PrEP.
If you would like to talk to someone about your HIV status then loveLife counsellors are here for you.
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