Don’t go to the lab, have the lab come to you with our myLAB Box easy and convenient at-home HIV test! Screen from the comfort of home with results in 2-5 days. Know your status with just a prick on the finger, no awkward conversations, no hassle.
Kits included: 1 (one) mail-in kit testing for HIV-1 and HIV-2
Tests for: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Results are obtained using a Combo Antigen/Antibody ELISA for the qualitative detection of HIV p24 antigen and antibodies to HIV type 1 (HIV-1 groups M and O) and HIV type 2 (HIV-2) in human blood.
- Mail-in test kit for the detection of antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2
- Over 99.9% accuracy and as reliable as tests used by doctors and hospitals
- Uses FDA approved technology
- Discreet and fast, results available online in 2-5 days
- Two-way postage and lab service fees included
- FSA and HSA payments eligible
- Free telemedicine physician consultations if you test positive
A number of symptoms associated with the flu may be early signs of HIV. These include:
- swollen lymph nodes (generally in the neck)
Other possible symptoms are muscle and joint pain, sore throat, and ulcers in the mouth or on the genitals. Some people also experience night sweats and diarrhea.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The virus can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. The human body cannot get rid of HIV. Once you have HIV, you have it for life.
No safe and effective cure currently exists, but with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Antiretroviral therapy or ART can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV and lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is advanced can have a nearly normal life expectancy.
Who should have an HIV test?
The CDC recommends that screening for HIV should be performed routinely for all individuals aged 13-64.
Why is a blood spot test better than oral fluid?
The myLAB Box at-home HIV test service uses a self-collected finger stick blood mailed to a qualified lab. According to the CDC, blood based testing finds infection earlier than testing using oral fluid; Up to 1 in 12 infected people may test false-negative with tests that use oral fluid.
For more information about HIV visit the CDC website.
The myLAB Box at-home HIV test system
You are in control – The myLAB Box telemedicine HIV counseling and testing service is designed for use directly by consumers.
Accurate – Clinically proven to be over 99.9% accurate. Testing with blood provides greater accuracy than testing with oral fluid because blood contains higher levels of antibodies (Lancet Infectious Diseases 2012; 12:373-380). In clinical trials, the myLAB Box at-home HIV test system was 100% sensitive and 100% specific.
Discreet – You can test and receive results from home or on the go without the need to drive to a clinic or visit a doctor’s office.
Telemedicine – Access to professional STD councilors and physicians in your state via telemedicine is free of charge if you test positive using our service.
Timely – Your results are available 2-5 days after you mail back your sample (excluding weekends and holidays).
Easy – A non-invasive, simple fingerstick sample is all that is needed
How our at-home HIV test works
Besides being fast, convenient and accurate, the myLAB Box at-home HIV test system is easy to use. Each test kit comes with detailed instructions and illustrations.
Throughout the testing process, professionally trained counselors are available to provide assistance and to answer your questions.
To protect your privacy, the entire test and consultation can be conducted from home.
1. Order online
You begin by purchasing an at-home HIV test kit from our website or our many partners. Expect it to arrive at your doorstep within 2-5 days in a discreet package.
2. Collect your sample
Using the retractable safety lancet provided, you prick your fingertip and place drops of blood on the blood specimen card included in the test kit. You only need enough blood to fill a circle the size of a dime.
3. Ship it back
Your blood sample is protected by an enclosed weather resistant protective pouch which is placed in a self-addressed, pre-paid shipping envelope (included). Your sample is shipped directly to an accredited laboratory.
4. Laboratory analysis
myLAB Box tests your sample via our CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act) certified laboratory partners. Many of the individual components of our tests are FDA cleared and all tests have been fully validated according to state and federal guidelines (which include CLIA and College of American Pathologists (CAP) standards). Our laboratory only uses the most current methods that are proven to have the highest level of accuracy for clinical diagnostic testing. At the laboratory, your blood sample is tested by experienced technicians using the exact same test ordered by doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics, ensuring greater than 99.9% accuracy.
5. Check your results
The results of your HIV test will be available in your HIPAA secure online account within 2-5 days from mailing back your sample to us. You can easily download a written copy of your lab-certified results by clicking on the “Download” button next to your test result.
6. Post-test counseling
You can receive post-test counseling by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. IF you test positive using the myLAB Box at-home HIV test service, your telemedicine physician consultation is completely free of charge.
HIV and AIDS FAQ’s
Q: What is AIDS?
A: AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a disease that limits the body’s ability to fight infection. A person with AIDS has a very weak immune system, turning normally mild diseases into potentially fatal conditions.
Q: What is HIV?
A: HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS.
Q: How can you tell if someone is infected with HIV?
A: Only with a blood test. A person can be HIV-infected for many years with no signs of being sick.
Q: Why should I get tested for HIV?
A: There are many reasons why you should consider taking an HIV test. Whether it is entering a new relationship, switching birth control, reassurance for a healthy pregnancy, or concern, getting tested for HIV can help foster peace of mind, regardless of your test result. Today more than ever before, medical treatment is helping thousands of people infected with HIV lead healthier, active lives.
Q: Who is most likely to become infected?
A: Anyone can become infected with HIV. HIV is transmitted sexually, through drug use by contaminated needles and during pregnancy from an infected mother to her unborn child. It can also be transmitted by breastfeeding.
Q: What is unprotected sex?
A: Sex without a latex condom or other barrier methods. HIV is found in semen, vaginal fluids and blood. HIV can enter the body through any type of sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Q: What are the ways to prevent or reduce exposure to HIV?
A: The best way to reduce risk is to always use a latex condom correctly for all sexual intercourse. Quitting is the best prevention if you are using injectable drugs but if that isn’t an option, always use a sterile needle.
Q: What about pregnancy?
A: Pregnant women can prevent or dramatically reduce their chances of transmitting the virus to an unborn child through specifically prescribed drug treatments during pregnancy. As a measure of protection, it is especially important for pregnant women to be tested for HIV as soon as possible.
HIV Test FAQ’s
Q: What exactly is an HIV antibody test?
A: The human body makes antibodies to fight infections. If you become infected with HIV, your body creates HIV antibodies. Just like doctors’ offices and clinics, we test your blood for HIV antibodies.
Q: How soon do these antibodies show up?
A: In most infected people, the antibodies will show up in the blood within six weeks to 3 months. But in some people, it might take up to six months. This is important because the test cannot detect recent infections. For example, if you became infected in January, you may not test positive until June.
Q: Is the myLAB Box at-home HIV test anonymous?
A: No. Health regulations require that you provide your name to order and process the test, however, we never share your information with insurance providers or partners.
Q: How is my order packaged and shipped?
A: Orders placed through our website are processed and shipped within 24 hours from order.
Q: How does it work?
A: It’s easy! Order online, then collect a blood spot sample by following the instructions included in your kit. (If you have questions, you can call our toll-free number for assistance.) Ship your sample back to our laboratory for processing and log back in to check your results.
HIV Test Results FAQ’s
Q: What does a negative result mean?
A: It means that HIV antibodies were not found by a laboratory in a particular blood sample.
Q: Can I test negative and still be infected?
A: Yes, because it takes some time for your body to produce HIV antibodies, there is a period of time when recent infections may not be detected.
Q: What does a positive result mean?
A: It means that HIV antibodies were found by the laboratory in a blood sample and the individual providing that sample is infected. That individual can pass the virus to someone else.
Q: What does an indeterminate result mean?
A: It means a laboratory could not confirm the presence of HIV antibodies in a blood sample. It could mean that an individual may be in the process of converting from being negative to being positive. It could also be due to other medical factors. It is recommended that the individual be re-tested.
Q: What does an insufficient result mean?
A: An insufficient result refers means that HIV antibody testing could not be performed on the blood sample that was sent to the laboratory. This happens most often because there was not enough blood to test.
Q: How accurate is the myLAB Box at-home HIV test?
A: Our HIV test is doctor recommended and designed to provide you with a scientific test result that you can trust. Our lab partners use the same processes in tests run by doctors and hospitals and your results are clinically proven to be over 99.9% accurate. They score 100% in sensitivity and specificity tests.
Q: When can I get my results?
A: With myLAB Box you can enjoy fast results. Your test results will be ready in 2-5 days from mailing in your sample.
Q: How are results given?
A: You retrieve your results by logging into our secure online portal.
Q: Can I get a copy of my results in writing?
A: Yes, you can download a lab-certified copy of your results directly from your myLAB Box account.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I TEST POSITIVE?
If you test positive, instruction will be provided on how to obtain a free telemedicine consultation with a physician in your state. This physician may be able to prescribe treatment for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or Trich. Depending on the infection, you may also need to retest after treatment to confirm the infection is gone.
It is crucial that you inform your sexual partners of your test results, whether they’re positive or negative. Sharing this information will help stop the spread of any infection and will allow your partners to seek testing and treatment immediately if necessary.
Keep testing. Just because you’ve tested once does not mean that you shouldn’t test again. In fact, it’s common to get infected with certain STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, multiple times. myLAB Box recommends that you test every few months, especially if you’ve received a positive result in the past.
myLAB Box offers at home collection tests with mailing to the laboratory. The performance of these tests on your samples complies with all state and federal regulations regarding laboratory testing.