After 15 minutes your test will be finished. It is now time to read the results.
- Open the last page of your How To Test Guide. You will see a cut out hole in the shape of your test device.
- Take your test device that is standing up in the box and lay it down in the cut out hole with the blue writing facing you.
- Compare your test device to the images on either side.
- If only one line (the control line) is visible your test result is negative. This means it is very likely you DON’T have HIV (a negative result is correct 999 times out of every 1000 negative tests).
- If two lines are visible on your test device your test result is positive. This means it is very likely you have HIV (a positive result is correct 997 times out of every 1000 positive tests). Although your BioSURE HIV Self Test is very accurate you MUST have this result confirmed by a healthcare professional. Don’t panic. Remember HIV is a long term manageable condition and once you know you have HIV you can access treatment immediately and have a long and healthy life..
- If no lines are visible, your test has not been performed correctly. The top (control) line will only become visible if you have used enough human blood and everything has been done correctly. This control line means you can rely on your result to be accurate.
If you have any reason to believe your test result is incorrect or your potential exposure to HIV has occurred within the past 3 months it is recommended you test again within the next 6-13 weeks or go and see a healthcare professional
The earlier a person is diagnosed and starts treatment, the better the outcomes. Anti-retroviral treatments are now so good that once someone is diagnosed and on treatment, it is possible that the HIV virus can be supressed to a level when it becomes undetectable. This means the person’s immune system will not be damaged, they will not go to develop AIDS (or Advanced HIV as it is now sometimes called) and most importantly they will not be able to pass the HIV on to anyone else. Find out more in our HIV FAQs.