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HIV Self-Test Scotland

HIV Self-Test Scotland is a new national self-testing service giving people a free quick and easy way to get an HIV test


About HIV Self-Test Scotland:

We’re delighted to announce today’s launch of HIV Self-Test Scotland – a new national self-testing service giving people a free quick and easy way to get an HIV test. That means no matter where you are in Scotland, you can get a discreet HIV test delivered to your door.

The service, provided in partnership by Waverley Care and HIV Scotland, is funded by Gilead. It has been rapidly developed to give people in Scotland a way to get an HIV test during COVID-19.

What is an HIV self-test?

An HIV self-test is a simple test you can take by yourself at home. It uses a spot of blood to find out if you have been exposed to HIV. HIV Self-Test Scotland uses the BioSure HIV Self Test because it is a proven way of diagnosing HIV. It 99.7% accurate at finding HIV, and 99.9% accurate at giving a negative test result. Find out more about the HIV self-test here.

Who is the HIV self-test for?

The HIV self-test is for anyone living in Scotland, who wants to get an HIV test in a place that’s comfortable for them.

Why is the HIV self-test needed in Scotland?

The HIV self-test is needed during COVID-19, as a way of making sure everyone can get a test in Scotland, no matter where they live. With travel restrictions in place, as well as limited NHS resources, people who are at risk of HIV are less able to get tested during this time. That means by giving people the chance to get a self-test, we can continue preventing new HIV infections during COVID-19.

Where can I find out more information about the HIV Self-Test Scotland service?

You can find out more information about this service on the HIV Self-Test Scotland website here

What happens if someone gets a positive result?

If someone gets a positive result, they will go for a second test to confirm the result at their local sexual health clinic. Whatever the test result, they can also get support to help guide them through the next steps. Find out more about the support encompassed in the HIV Self-Test Scotland service here.

Do you have feedback?

As this service has been rapidly developed responding to COVID-19, we’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions from you on how we can improve. Get in touch with us by email here.

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