How To Use a Home HIV Test Kit
One of most important things to know about HIV is that the only way to know whether you are infected is to take an HIV test. Anyone can become infected with the infection. This can happen through contaminated needles during drug use, through sexual activity, or during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
That said, a person can be HIV-positive for years without showing any signs of being sick. Even so, when symptoms are present, they may seem insignificant. Some early signs of the virus are similar to the flu, such as a headache, fever, tiredness and swollen lymph nodes. Ultimately, this virus can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, when it is left untreated. For more information about the symptoms of a more advanced case of HIV, read this article.
Using a Home HIV Test
Taking a home HIV test is as easy as 1, 2, 3. That’s right, three easy steps and you’re done! After all, this process is designed to be convenient and accurate. Here’s what you need to know:
- Order your test kit online. You even get free shipping! Your test kit will arrive in discreet packaging, so your business will remain your business.
- Collect a sample by using the easy-to-follow instructions and send it back. Taking your test only takes five minutes. This can be done at any time and from any place. All that’s needed is a small blood sample. Fear of needles? No worries! All that is required for myLAB Box’s home HIV test is a finger prick. Once you have your sample, you’ll send it back to the lab for testing. You can do this by using the pre-paid return envelope that is included with your test kit.
- Receive your lab-certified results online. You will get an email when your results are ready. Log in to the secure user portal to find your results.
When using a home HIV test from myLAB Box, you have several testing options.
HIV Home Test: This test allows you to test specifically for HIV I & II. This is a good choice for those who know that they were exposed to this infection.
However, when it comes to testing for sexually transmitted infections, it is best to be thorough. myLAB Box allows you to test for multiple infections using a single sample set. So while you’re testing for HIV, why not also screen for other risks? In that case, you can use one of these combination panel test kits:
Safe Box: This 5-panel kit tests for the top five STD risks, including HIV (I & II), Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomoniasis
Uber Box: This 8-panel kit tests for: HIV (I & II), Hepatitis C, HSV-2, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis.
Love Box: This test kit contains two Uber Box kits so that partners can test together. This allows you to save money and kick-start your relationship on the same page.
Total Box: This is the most comprehensive at-home test on the market. myLAB Box’s 14-panel test screens for the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. These include: HIV (I & II), Hepatitis C, HSV-2, Syphilis, Chlamydia (genital, throat and rectal), Gonorrhea (genital, throat and rectal), Trichomoniasis, Mycoplasma genitalium. Women who are 30 years of age or older can add an HPV option.
Your HIV Test Results
myLAB Box’s lab partners use the same processes that are used for in-person testing at medical facilities such as a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic. This means that your results are clinically proven to be over 99.9% accurate.
While there is no safe and effective cure for HIV, the virus can be controlled with proper medical care. Treatment can significantly prolong the life of someone who is HIV-positive, allowing them to live a full life. In addition, medical advancements have developed considerably over the years. Prescriptions such as PrEP allow people who are HIV-negative, but fall into a “high risk” category, to prevent the HIV infection. Often, the partners of people who are HIV-positive take this medication to avoid contracting the virus.
If you ever test positive using myLAB Box’s test kits, your phone consultation with a local physician is completely free of charge. Remember, home testing is as easy as 1, 2, 3 – so don’t stress, just test!