Abingdon Simply Test is pleased to announce the introduction of the OraQuick® HIV Self-Test onto its portfolio. The MHRA approved OraQuick® HIV Self-Test, which has a 100% sensitivity and 98.8% specificity, produces quick results at home from a painless mouth swab, no blood sampling is required.
Abingdon Simply Test provides own-brand and Abingdon-assured third-party self-tests and exists to help people gain a better understanding of their personal health and wellbeing with accurate and rapid test results.
It is estimated that approximately 105,000 people are living with HIV (Human immunodeficiency viruses) in the UK and 1 in 16 of those do not know that they have the virus, with sexual intercourse being the main mode of transmission1. Left untreated, HIV will progress to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in most people. There is no cure for HIV, however treatments are available that reduce the amount of HIV in the body and helps most people stay healthy2.
There are still barriers to the uptake of HIV testing and people are fearful of attending clinics due to time pressures, appointment delays and concerns over confidentiality. And unfortunately, there is still a perceived stigma surrounding HIV.
With easy home testing, people will be able to use the OraQuick® HIV Self-Test to rule-in or rule-out HIV-infection, quickly and privately.
Chris Yates, Abingdon Health’s Chief Executive, commented:
“Abingdon Simply Test exists to provide tests that empower people through accessible rapid test results: the OraQuick HIV Self-Test very much meets this brief. Unfortunately, there are still barriers for people getting tested for HIV for one reason or another. We are extremely proud to bring a HIV home testing solution that addresses some of those barriers. If by supplying this discreet test, people get the timely help they need, then we will be extremely happy and proud.”