Equality News Update: HIV self-testing kits now available for £34 on Scottish high street

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The kit, sold by Superdrug, became the first legally approved self testing kit with a 99.7 per cent accuracy rate.

HIV self-testing kits are available to buy on the Scottish high street for the first time, a retailer has announced.

Superdrug said it has become the first high street retailer to offer an HIV self-testing kit across its 200 Pharmacy stores for £33.99.

Seven of the branches selling the kit are based in Scotland.

The BioSURE HIV Self Test was previously available to buy online.

The kit became the first legally approved self testing kit in 2015, with a 99.7 per cent accuracy rate.

It uses a small amount of blood from a finger prick sample to detect the presence of HIV antibodies and offers a result in just 15 minutes.

Superdrug said that making the kit more widely available will help reduce a person’s waiting time between taking the test and their result.

It could also help increase early diagnosis rates.

Due to developments in treatments available, HIV can now be a manageable disease but late diagnosis can have a devastating impact on health and life expectancy.

Dr Pixie McKenna, a GP and Superdrug’s health expert, said: “Superdrug’s move to encourage and empower patients to self-test for HIV is one further step forward in our fight against this disease.

“While there is no cure, early diagnosis is key in terms of management.

“Patients successfully managed on HIV treatments have normal life expectancy, but to know you need treatment you need to know your diagnosis.”

 

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