Instant HIV Home Test Launched in Belgium

April 24, 2017

RICHMOND, British Columbia, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

INSTI HIV Self Test detects HIV two weeks sooner than other brands

bioLytical Laboratories, a world leader in rapid infectious disease tests, is pleased to announce the launch of the INSTI® HIV Self Test in pharmacies across Belgium.

With a single drop of blood, the INSTI HIV Self Test is more than 99% accurate and provides a result instantly.  With other home tests, individuals must wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a result to be produced or several days or weeks in the case of laboratory tests. INSTI is simple to use and yields greater than 99% accuracy. The INSTI HIV Self Test is an over-the-counter adaptation of the INSTI point-of-care test which has been trusted by healthcare professionals in Europe for over 10 years.

As of 2014, of the estimated 2.5 million people in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region living with HIV, approximately half were not even aware of their status. Locally, estimates suggest nearly 1 in 5 HIV-positive people in Belgium are unaware of their positive status. There are several options available for getting tested, but having access to a very simple yet highly accurate test, allows consumers to test themselves without having to make an appointment at a laboratory, hospital or clinic.

“When developing a HIV home test, we wanted to provide an easy, affordable, consumer-friendly solution that would empower individuals to take control of their health in a discrete way, and within the comfort of their own home,” said Robert Mackie, bioLytical’s President. “By launching in Belgium, we are able to make HIV testing more accessible. INSTI HIV Self Test which can detect HIV up to two weeks sooner than all other HIV home tests currently on the market.”

The launch in Belgium commenced today with an in-country sales team targeting up to 4,900 pharmacies nationwide. Please email for further enquiries to list the INSTI HIV Self Test in your pharmacy.

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