As it is difficult for a person to determine the presence of HIV virus in the body, the only possible way to confirm HIV is to get HIV/AIDS test.
HIV test kit is an essential tool in the detection of AIDS, a disease that restrict the body’s ability to resist the infection.
With AIDS test, one can surely confirm the presence of HIV virus in the blood. If present, there is medical care to help out right away.
An AIDS test can be done at any medical center. Today, all medical centers (local, state and federal) are providing free HIV/AIDS test.
AIDS Test – Home Test Kit:
Today, the AIDS test can be done anonymously at home using HIV test kit. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved HIV/AIDS home test. The AIDS home test is very safe, effective and accurate. It is more than 99% accurate in determining the HIV virus beyond six months after an exposure.
The Aids home tests are as accurate as the antibody tests and ELISA/Western Blot/IFA tests administered by doctors, hospitals and health clinics. Besides being speedy and convenient, the usage of HIV test kit at home is very easy.
The HIV test kit comes with a testing buffer solution, glass vial, testing device/test tray, filter, alcohol pad, pipette, stem and instructions guide.
- Add and mix six drops of buffer solution to the glass vial in order to form pink solution. Discard if a bluish mixture forms.
- Firmly attach the filter to the testing device. Add three drops of buffer solution to the center of the filter and allow the solution to sink through.
- Using alcohol, rub thoroughly and clean index finger and prick it with pin. Press the finger gently and draw the blood into the stem by means of the pipette.
- Add one drop of collected blood to the center of the filter and wait for the blood to sink through.
- Again add four drops of buffer solution to the center of the filter.
- Remove the filter once the solution is absorbed through and add three drops of buffer solution to the center of the testing device.
- Using another pipette, draw complete pink solution into the stem and press it to add all the pink solution to the center of the testing device.
- Once again, add three drops of buffer solution to the center of the testing device and observe the test result.
A red spot in the center of the testing device points to a positive result. It signifies that HIV virus detected. A clear circle with a pinkish background points to a negative result indicating no HIV virus detected.
Discard the kit and repeat the test with another kit if the testing device shows invalid result with no red spot or pinkish shade.
AIDS Test Cautions:
- Read the instructions thoroughly and perform the test with an exact step-by-step procedure.
- Other than blood, no other body fluids are accepted for the test.
- If there is an exposure to infected blood and the person tests negative, repeat the test within 12 weeks and, still negative, again within six months.
The HIV test kit used at home is only a method to find out the HIV virus in the blood. However, consult the doctor regularly for early detection and early treatment.