Testing Using a Home Test Kit

For people who may have difficulty getting to a testing location, or want greater privacy, home HIV tests are a great option. While home tests are convenient, they are more expensive than tests provided at a clinic or community-based organization. You also don't get in-person assistance dealing with a potential HIV diagnosis, or help getting linked to medical care.

Currently there are two home HIV tests available: The OraQuick In-home HIV Test and the Home Access HIV-1 Test System.

Home test kits will include instructions on how to complete the test. Read the instructions carefully and follow all of the steps. If you have any questions, or don't understand the test results, call the customer service number included in the box.

What Happens Next?

If you’re HIV negative, you should contact a community organization that provides HIV prevention services, to learn more about what might put you at risk, and what prevention options may work well for you, such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

If the home test results show you have HIV, call the customer service number for help. It is very important to have a follow up test at a clinic, community organization or private provider's office to confirm the results.

You should also contact a community organization that provides HIV care and supportive services. They can offer assistance and support while you wait for your confirmatory results.