London: After a new advancement in the field of medical research, it is possible to know whether a person is testing positive for HIV in 15 minutes. Yes, you have heard it right! Now you can diagnose yourself for HIV virus with the world’s very first self-testing kit in just 15 minutes.
The BioSURE HIV Self Test, which carries the European wide specialist CE mark, has passed thorough tests and only requires a pinprick of blood and is more than 99.7 percent accurate, the Mirror reported.
The test offers discretion and privacy to the people, who don’t want to go out to hospitals until they are sure. It has been priced at 29.95 pounds, and will be initially sold only on line through BioSURE’s dedicated website www.hivselftest.co.uk and through the NHS online shop www.freedoms-shop.com.
Brigette Bard, BioSure founder and CEO said that they believe their device could help to reduce HIV infection rates. However, the self-test may not detect recent HIV infection as it can take up to 3 months for the level of antibodies to become detectable.