Fasting is not required in order to complete the test. It can be used at any time of the day so long as the user is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to ensure the correct use and interpretation of the EXACTO® Test HIV Self-test.
To help with completing the test and interpreting the reading, ensure that optimum lighting conditions are available.
An HIV self-test is not something to be undertaken lightly. Its use requires the user to be fully informed. The EXACTO® Test HIV Self-test must be undertaken willingly by the concerned party. It is important to remember that no one should be forced to undergo an HIV test. Any medical test requires the informed consent of the individual who is undergoing the test.
Before using an HIV self-test kit, it is important to reflect on what you will do once the result is available, whether this is positive or negative. Using an HIV self-test kit is different to having a consultation with a healthcare professional who can advise about the test, provide psychological support and facilitate access to biological tests to confirm the diagnosis.
The user may seek advice from their doctor, pharmacist or an HIV support organisation.