Chukua Selfie

Let’s make the change for a HIV free future

It’s a cold night. You’re chatting with bae and thinking about taking things to the next level. This commitment to love each other needs to begin with some self-love, and a self-test. It’s time to start. It’s time to Chukua Selfie.

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Selfie ni a way of life. It’s taking responsibility for your health and your future. The Selfie makes it possible for you to know your HIV status from the comfort of your home with timely results. Follow these three simple steps to get accurate results and self-care with a selfie.

Before HIV Self-Testing, please remember the following:

  1. Always ensure you read and understand the instructions, and familiarize yourself with the contents of your self-testing kit, before proceeding to use it.

  2. Before using the Oral HIV Self-Test, do not eat, drink (including water), smoke, chew gum, or use oral care products for 30 minutes prior to taking the test.

  3. A positive result always requires follow-up testing from a healthcare provider.

  4. If you had a risk exposure to HIV within the past 3 months, and you receive a negative result, you will need to retest after the window period (in another 3 months). This is because the test may miss early infection.

  5. Call 1190 to speak to a counsellor for help using the kit, understanding the results and knowing what to do next after receiving your results.

Now that you’re ready to take on this journey of self-love, we’re here to ensure you have the tools to start on the right foot.

Buy the kit

The power is now in your hands and we are with you every step of the way.

Call 1190 to speak to a counsellor for guidance through the HIV self-testing process, and for help understanding your result.

Here’s how to conduct your HIV Self-Test:

Blood Test Oral Test

Find a Kit Online

Simply order one below, pay over the phone and we will have one on its way to you conveniently and confidentially!

or Find a Pharmacy near You

The Selfie kit is available at the pharmacies listed below…visit any of these locations to get to know your status

									

Keep Up with Your Sexual Health

Here are a few strategies you can adopt to prevent HIV infection.

  1. Abstain

    Abstinence from sex is the most effective means of protection against both pregnancy and HIV.

  2. Be Faithful

    Be faithful to a mutually faithful and uninfected partner and reduce the number of sexual partners if possible to one.

  3. Use a Condom

    Use a condom every time you have sex. Condom usage remains the most effective means of prevention for those who are sexually active. Consistent and correct condom usage offers up to 95% protection against HIV infection.

What are people asking about HIV out there?

After exposure to HIV, it can take 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. An individual may test positive with the INSTI Test in as little as 21-22 days after infection, however, it can take as long as 3 months to produce a positive result. Approximately 97% of people will develop detectable antibodies during this window period. A negative result may not be accurate until 3 months after the infection. If someone has been exposed to HIV and obtains a negative test result during the window period, they should re-test 3 months after possible exposure to HIV.

It is recommended that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 gets tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. For individuals with specific risk factors, the recommendation is getting tested once a year. Anyone participating in high-risk activities (E.g. sharing needles for injecting drugs, having sex with HIV positive individuals without the use of a condom) should have HIV testing carried out every 3 months. This frequency of testing would ensure the infection is identified as quickly as possible.

The most effective way to avoid getting infected with HIV is to always use condoms during penetrative vaginal, anal sex and oral sex. When used correctly a condom acts as a barrier and will prevent the mixing of body fluids from an HIV infected person entering the body of their sexual partner. Needles, syringes or any other injecting equipment for drug taking use should not be shared.

HIV is passed on from one person to another when the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluid or vaginal fluids from a HIV positive person enters someone else’s body. People may get infected from having unprotected penetrative vaginal or anal sex (not using a condom) and by having more than one sexual partner. Sharing needles, such as needles used to inject drugs, steroids, and other substances, or sharing needles used for tattooing with someone who is HIV positive are also linked to infection. If a woman with HIV is pregnant, her newborn baby can catch the virus from her before she gives birth, during delivery of the baby, or from breastfeeding. There are ways to prevent transmission from mother to baby. There is no risk of infection when everyday items are shared e.g. food, dishes, utensils, clothes, beds and toilets with a person who is HIV positive. The virus is not spread from contact with sweat, tears, saliva, or a casual closed-mouth kiss from an infected person. People do not become infected from eating food prepared by a person living with HIV. People have not become infected with HIV through insect bites.

In people who are on drug therapy for HIV, their level of immunity remains strong enough to prevent the condition from progressing to AIDS. Here, AIDS is unlikely to develop. Without treatment, however, the viral load can increase, reducing body immunity. This reduced immunity leaves the body susceptible to various infections and diseases, which can be life-threatening.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). Once a person gets infected with HIV, the virus can stay inactive for many years and the person will show no signs or symptoms of infection. There is currently no cure for HIV, but there are treatments (ARVs) that interfere with the virus’ growth allowing people to live longer healthier lives. A positive result means treatment is available!

Remember that it can take up to 3 months after exposure to HIV for a test to detect it. Therefore, if you were exposed to HIV less than 3 months ago, you need to test again after 4 weeks to be sure that your status is truly negative. However, if you have not been exposed to HIV over the past 3 months and you conducted the test as instructed, then it is highly likely a negative result means you do not have HIV. If you continue to be at risk of HIV infection, you should continue to re-test every 3 months. You should also talk to your health provider about other HIV prevention options such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). You can contact a health provider or visit a health facility of VCT centre, or call the one2one toll free hot line number 1190 if you are unsure or need further information.

If you interpret a HIV positive result, it is important that you have this result confirmed by a health provider before concluding that your HIV status is truly positive. You can visit the place you obtained the test kit who can refer you to a health facility or visit any health facility or VCT centre where a confirmatory test will be conducted. A list of sites that can conduct a confirmatory test is available at www.besure.co.ke

HIV can be transmitted through contact with blood, vaginal and rectal fluids and breast milk from an infected person. HIV is not found and cannot be spread through urine, sweat or saliva. HIV self-tests detect if your body has been previously exposed to HIV. If it has, your body will have produced antibodies specific to HIV to defend itself against the virus. These antibodies can be detected from oral fluids (as well as in blood). The HIV self-test does not detect the actual virus.

When used according to the manufacturer’s instructions provided, both the blood and oral HIV self-tests are over 99% accurate.

The test uses simple flow-through technology to detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies using a drop of human fingerstick blood. The test does not detect the virus itself. The test dot will only be visible if HIV antibodies are present. The INSTI® HIV Self Test is simple to perform and very accurate, but it will only work correctly if you carefully read and follow the instructions. You may test positive with INSTI® HIV Self Test in as little as 21-22 days after infection, however, it can take as long as 3 months to produce a positive result. A negative result may not be accurate until 3 months after infection.

Most people assume that blood is involved in HIV testing. But with ® an oral swab is used for testing and requires no blood. By collecting oral fluid from your gums, you collect fluid similar to that used in blood testing. So the Test detects antibodies for HIV, not the virus itself.

A HIV test is the only way of knowing your HIV status. This is important in making informed choices about your health and lifestyle. HIV self-testing allows you to test yourself privately and at your own convenience. HIV self-tests are not suitable for those who are taking antiretrovirals (ARVs). If you think you have been exposed to HIV or are at risk of infection, HIV self-testing offers an opportunity for you to determine your status.

At present, there are two types of HIV self-test kits available, which detect the HIV virus using either a blood or oral fluid sample.

Nini Next?

Need someone to talk to? You can talk a counsellor on all matters HIV Self-Testing; from how to use an HIV self-testing kit, what to expect when HIV self-testing, to what to do after getting your results.

We’re always here. Call 1190.