INSTI HIV Self Test

The World’s Fastest HIV Home Test Kit

*Not available in the US

The world’s fastest HIV test.

INSTI® HIV Self Test is designed as a single-use at home HIV test kit that allows you to get results in the comfort of your home and at a time that works best for you.

Sample, pour and read your results immediately. It’s that easy.

The test uses simple flow-through technology to detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies using a drop of human fingerstick blood. The test is intended for use by untrained lay users as a self test to aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 and HIV-2 infection using a small drop (50μL) of blood obtained through fingerstick collection procedures.

Benefits

  • The World’s Fastest HIV Test

    Get highly accurate results instantly.

  • Convenient and Discreet

    Get results from the privacy of your own home.

  • Easy to Use

    Simple design. No timers, no fuss.

  • Sensitive

    Detects IgM and IgG Antibodies

Features

  • Detects HIV infection up to two weeks sooner than leading brands.

  • Built-in IgG capture procedural control

  • Proprietary HIV antigen

  • Lancet and bandage included

  • No timers required

  • Spill-free membrane

Accuracy

  • Sample Type

    Sensitivity

    Specificity

  • Fingerstick Blood

    100%

    99.5%

Disclaimer
For more information, see our INSTI HIV Self Test Instructions For Use.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

DeWayne Ford
Director of HIV Education and Prevention Service

This year we were able to test 72 people in a single day. As the event promotes HIV/AIDS awareness, it’s natural that we would also offer rapid HIV testing. We want to make sure everyone knows they can get their test results in 60 seconds. It’s so much easier and more attractive for people to come and get tested if they know it’s that fast.

Steven
AID Atlanta

When testing is fast and portable, it’s so much easier to offer it there and then. Removing the barriers to access is a huge priority for us. The INSTI test kit is game-changing because it allows people to know their status so quickly.

Jonathon
The HIMM Project

With the last test we were using, there were some concerns about window periods and the length of time it took for the test to run. It made outreach testing too complicated. Very quickly after trying INSTI in the field, we realized that a one-minute test would be ideal for use in public spaces and it could enhance our outreach programs

HIV SELF TESTING FAQs

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 undergo at least one HIV test as part of routine health care. For people with certain risk factors, the CDC recommends getting tested once a year. Anyone involved in high-risk activities (e.g., sharing drug needles, having sex with HIV-positive people without using a condom) should get tested every three months. This frequency of testing would ensure that an infection is detected as soon as possible.
The INSTI HIV home kit is the only Health Canada approved test that people can test at home or in a private location. The INSTI HIV Self Test kit was approved for in-store and online sale. The kit does not require sending a sample to a lab.
Please keep your efforts to stay negative by reducing your risk of HIV by, for example, practicing safe sex (with condoms) and other prevention methods such as PrEP. If you think you have had exposure in the past three months, repeat the test. A test is recommended every 3-12 months if you are at high risk of HIV. Anyone involved in high-risk activities (such as sharing drug needles, having sex with HIV-positive people without using a condom) should get tested for HIV every three months. This frequency of testing would ensure that HIV is identified as soon as possible. Early diagnosis is important, as studies have shown that it is beneficial to start treatment for HIV as soon as possible.
If you got a positive result on the INSTI HIV self-test, go to your doctor or the nearest testing center for a confirmatory test. Remember that any HIV self-test is just a screening test, not a conclusive diagnosis. Confirmatory tests should be coordinated with your doctor.
After exposure to HIV, it can take from 3 to 12 weeks (21-84 days) for an infected person’s body to make enough antibodies for a screening test to detect them. This is called the window period.
Extensive research studies have shown that the INSTI HIV Home Test is extremely accurate when performed correctly. The accuracy of medical tests are typically described in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Sensitivity means that all truly positive individuals test positive. Specificity means that all all truly negative persons test negative. The INSTI HIV Self Test has a sensitivity of 99.8%, which means a positive result will be correct 998 out of every 1000 tests. This means that you could expect a false negative result 2 times out of 1000 tests (Rate of 0.2% - 2 false negatives in 1000) The INSTI HIV Self Test has a specificity of 99.5%, which means that a negative result will be correct 995 times out of 1000 tests. This means that you could expect a false positive result 5 times out of 1000 tests (Rate of 0.5% - 1 false positive in 200). The INSTI HIV Self Test is a screening test and is used to test individuals who may have been exposed to HIV. The INSTI HIV Self Test looks for antibodies which are produced in response to the HIV infection. The self test is not a final confirmation of HIV infection, therefore if a positive result is given, it must be followed up on with a doctor for a conclusive laboratory test. All positive results generated from a screening test, require follow up with a doctor for final confirmation.