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HIV Lab Test Kit

The HIV Test Kit is a simple home screening pack which allows you to provide a sample for HIV testing from home. Your sample is then sent to our pathology partner lab, who will usually turn your result around in a few hours after receipt.

You can buy the HIV Testing Kit online using our UK pharmacy service. We will ship your test by tracked courier, so you can expect to get it in one working day.

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The HIV Test Kit is a simple home screening pack which allows you to provide a sample for HIV testing from home. Your sample is then sent to our pathology partner lab, who will usually turn your result around in a few hours after receipt.

You can buy the HIV Testing Kit online using our UK pharmacy service. We will ship your test by tracked courier, so you can expect to get it in one working day.

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26 April 2021
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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 26 April 2021
Product information

The HIV Test Kit is used to screen for HIV, and involves a simple finger prick sample which can be carried out at home. In the test kit, you will be given a prepaid envelope so you can send your sample to our partner pathology specialists, The Doctors Laboratory, for analysis. From receipt at the lab, the turnaround time for HIV test results is four hours.

We will then inform you via your preferred method (text or email) that your result is ready. You can view your result by logging into your secure patient area.

If your result is positive, our doctor will call you to notify you of your result and provide guidance on getting treatment, as well as any additional support you may need.

As well as the single test kit for HIV, we also offer a combined 4-in-1 test kit which tests for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

We would usually recommend to test for all four conditions, particularly if you suspect you’ve been exposed to any one of the above.

When you buy a HIV Test Kit online from our UK pharmacy, you can expect to receive it via tracked courier in just one working day.

Once you click ‘order now’, our doctor will ask you to answer a few questions, just to make sure that this is the right test for you.

HIV: key information

It’s estimated that less than 2 out of every 1,000 people in the UK have HIV. It can be spread through unprotected vaginal or anal sex, through sharing sex toys, or through needle use.

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are more at risk of HIV; roughly 1 in 17 MSM are thought to have HIV, according to the Family Planning Association. However, the virus can affect anyone, so it’s important to practice safe sex (using barrier protection) and be aware of yours and your partner’s HIV status to reduce your risk of infection.

HIV doesn’t always cause noticeable symptoms during its early stages. Someone may develop a rash or flu-like symptoms, but these can often be mistaken for other illnesses. Left untreated, the virus can severely damage the immune system over time, making someone more vulnerable to serious illness. However, a person may not necessarily realise they have the virus until this happens. Consequently, some people can carry the virus for several years without knowing.

The only way to know whether you have HIV is to get tested.

People who think they may have been exposed to HIV are advised to have a test as soon as possible; but it can take up to three months from the point of exposure to the virus for it to show up on a test. So, if you think you may only have recently been exposed, you should still get tested immediately, but you may need to take another test several weeks later to confirm a negative result.

Why you should get tested

People who have undiagnosed HIV may not receive the treatment they need until the virus has caused damage to their immune system.

The sooner someone gets tested, the sooner they’ll be able to get the required treatment to keep the virus under control, if positive.

Furthermore, someone with uncontrolled levels of the virus in their body is more likely to pass the virus onto someone else; so not getting tested can put the health of others at risk too.

If you’re at risk of HIV and looking to take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment, you will need to be aware of your HIV status before you start taking it. Taking a HIV test is the only way to know for sure.

How accurate is the test kit?

Our partner lab uses the same testing methods as NHS hospital laboratories. As long as you collect the sample according to the instructions provided, it will be as reliable as a test you would get on the NHS.

Ordering your HIV test kit from our UK pharmacy is simple. Once you’ve clicked to buy, you’ll be presented with a few simple questions from our doctor, to make sure you’re getting the right test. Following confirmation, we’ll ship your test to your chosen address by secure next-day courier.

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This test kit contains:

  1. a name label
  2. a request form
  3. a prepaid envelope
  4. a blood collection tube
  5. a protective packing wallet
  6. a security label
  7. two plasters
  8. two moist wipes
  9. an aclotip swab (and one spare)
  10. and a lancet (and two spares)
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Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

HIV Lab Test Kit


Make sure you read the instructions provided in the leaflet and follow them carefully.

We have provided a summary of the instructions below, to give you an idea of what the test involves.

You can also view a demonstration video here: https://youtu.be/XZv6aEnSd-8

  • Fill in any required details on the label and request form
  • The side of your little finger is the recommended site you should take a sample from
  • Wash your hands in warm soapy water then dry thoroughly
  • Stand the blood collection tube up in the protective packing wallet as shown in the diagram, and remove the lid
  • Use the alcotip swab to clean the finger which the sample will be taken from. Wipe the finger with a clean tissue so it is dry (a blood drop will not form from your finger if it is damp or wet)
  • Take out one lancet
  • Twist the end and remove the blue stick
  • Make sure you are in a standing position
  • Place the lancet against the side of your little finger
  • To activate the lancet, press firmly against the skin
  • The skin will be punctured, and a blood drop will show
  • Take a clean tissue and wipe away the first drop
  • Hold your hand so it points downwards and massage the finger to assist the flow of blood
  • Position it over the opening of the blood collection tube, and gently ‘milk’ your little finger by massaging it to encourage blood to drop into the tube
  • Fill to the upper line on the side of the tube
  • If you cannot collect enough blood, you can try wiping the puncture with a clean dry tissue, and waiting for a few seconds so that more droplets form
  • If this doesn’t work, you can try using the same process on the little finger of your other hand with one of the spare lancets
  • When the tube is filled to the top line, put one of the plasters on your little finger to stop the bleeding
  • Push the lid onto the collection tube so it is secure. You should hear a click
  • Once secure, invert the tube between 5 and 10 times
  • Stick your label to the tube as shown on the diagram, with the middle of the label on the tube and the two flaps adhered to each other behind
  • Put the tube inside the protective wallet
  • Place the wallet and any used lancets inside the test kit box and seal it closed with the security sticker
  • Place your complete request form and the test kit box in the envelope and seal shut
  • Send your sample to The Doctors Laboratory by post

Once the lab has received your sample:

  • Your results will be turned around in four hours
  • These results will then be sent to us
  • We will notify you via text or email that your result is ready to view
  • You can then view your result in your patient area after logging in
  • If you receive a positive result, our doctor will contact you by telephone to notify you and give you advice on treatment, and offer you support with partner notification through SXT.
  • If you are taking the test to confirm that you are HIV negative in order to start PrEP, and receive a negative result, our doctor may advise you on the treatments available from our pharmacy.

For further advice or assistance with carrying out your sample collection, contact The Doctor Laboratory on 020 7307 7373 or email samples@tdlpathology.com.

Page last reviewed:  26/04/2021
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

HIV Lab Test Kit


How does it work?

The test kit contains a small lancet device, which enables you to provide a blood sample for testing.

You’ll then need to send this to our partner lab in the package provided.

After the lab has received your sample, the result should be ready in four hours.

Who is your partner lab?

Our pathology partners are The Doctor’s Laboratory. They are testing specialists based in the UK.

How will I be notified?

Once your result is ready, we’ll send you a text or email to let you know.

You’ll then need to login to your patient area to see your result.

If your result is positive, our doctor will contact you to provide support and guidance.

How long does it take?

From placing your order, it will take one working day for the test to arrive at your chosen address.

From the receipt of your sample, the lab will turn around your test in four hours.

So, provided you don’t delay collecting and sending your sample, you should be able to know your result within five days or less in most cases.

What kind of sample do I have to give for the HIV test?

You will need to collect a blood sample from a little finger. This can be done easily with the simple-to-use lancet provided with the kit.

Will it hurt?

You may feel a pinch on your finger when using the lancet, but this isn’t likely to hurt for more than a few seconds (if at all).

What happens if I’m negative?

If you’re negative but at high risk and sexually active, you should still get tested regularly (usually once a year) to ensure you know your HIV status.

If you’re at risk and looking to buy PrEP, then you will be able to present your negative result to your doctor during consultation as confirmation. Buy PrEP online here.

Sometimes HIV can take up to 3 months to show up on a test. If you’ve recently been exposed or suspect you may have been, you might be advised to take another test in several weeks to confirm a negative result.

What happens if I’m positive?

Our doctor will contact you to provide assistance on getting medical attention and treatment, as well as partner notification support. Do not have sex until you have had a confirmatory test at a sexual health clinic and received advice from a doctor.

Is HIV curable?

Not currently. However, there are several drugs which can help to prevent the virus from developing. Provided it is detected early, treatment is usually very effective at keeping HIV under control.

Who should get tested?

If you’re sexually active and don’t know your HIV status, you should get tested.

If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible. They will typically advise that you get tested, but may recommend post-exposure prophylaxis treatment in the meantime.

It is also recommended if you’ve been exposed to test for other STIs, including syphilis, and viral hepatitis. We offer two test kits on our site: a single HIV test; and a combined 4-in-1 test which also tests for syphilis and hepatitis B and C.

People who are at risk of HIV are generally advised to get tested once a year. Sexually active persons should be tested for STIs regularly, and HIV testing may be recommended as part of this.

Page last reviewed:  26/04/2021
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