HIV home testing kit should be understood as a screening tool - HIV Specialist

Dr Marlon Mckay, a general practitioner specialising in HIV health care, says an HIV home test kit is a screening tool which should be followed by a formal HIV test done by a professional health care practitioner.

People should look at it as an entry point and a means of getting an idea whether you are positive or negative, he says.

HIV is no longer a death sentence...even when the test is positive, it is not the end of the world.

Dr Marlon Mckay, General Practitioner specialising in HIV health care

Mckay says it is advisable to have someone you can trust with you while taking the test. He says a great deal of research data shows that the moment you've disclosed to somebody your support system increases.

In an event of a negative test, people are advised to re-test and make sure they know their status. he says the tests are 99% accurate and a false positive is unlikely.

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