Home HIV Testing Kit Now on Sale in the UK

By Gary Cutlack on at

BioSure has launched the first home HIV testing kit in the UK, letting concerned folk test for signs of the deadly condition by popping a few drops of blood on a strip without needing to attend a doctor's surgery or send the sample off to a lab.

The BioSure HIV Self Test kit uses a supplied lancet to let testers poke a few drips of blood out of a finger, which is then stuck onto the tester strip. The result, which takes 15 minutes to appear, shows as a double purple line if it detects HIV antibodies in the blood sample, with the maker claiming a 99.7 per cent accuracy result in testing.

£29.95 is the cost of an individual test kit, which can be bought direct from BioSure. [BBC]