Pre-testing counselling before taking an HIV test can be a barrier for some, according to the makers of a new self-testing home kit which will hit pharmacies today.
BioSURE HIV Self Test is described by its makers as “South Africa’s only CE-marked HIV self-test and the first HIV test approved for use at home without a medical professional”.
It will be one of several HIV home-testing products to hit the market since February last year when pharmacies across South Africa introduced home testing kits, which would enable people to know their status within 20 minutes.
“There has to be an increase in HIV testing and pre-test counselling is a barrier for some people, so that was a consideration,” said BioSURE CEO Bridget Bard.
Last year the World Health Organisation (WHO) released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis. Now it's getting even easier to know your HIV status, so please get tested!