What is INSTI® HIV Self Test?

The INSTI HIV Home Test is a HIV self test for home use. It checks your HIV status in less than a minute and allows you to get the result in a comfortable environment at your own home, at any time. Just collect a drop of blood, drop it into the bottles and read the result. It is really easy.

CE Approved

The INSTI has been marked with CE approval

Early Detection

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

The World’s Fastest HIV Test

Get highly accurate results instantly.

Easy to Use

Simple design. No timers, no fuss.

Convenient and Discrete

Get results from the privacy of your own home.

Discreet Delivery

Fast and completely discreet delivery

How to Use INSTI® HIV Self Test

INSTI was developed as a simple and uncomplicated home HIV test. Follow the video below or read the step-by-step guide to learn how to use the test and get the results.

Collect Blood

Use the lancet to prick your finger and collect a drop of blood.

Add Blood Sample

Add your blood into Bottle 1 and shake.

Pour Solutions

Shake and pour solutions one at a time.

Information

  • How can you become infected with HIV?

    HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is the cause of the lethal immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS. In this country, the infection is usually in unprotected sexual intercourse. The virus is also transmitted when infected blood reaches mucous membranes or directly into the bloodstream, or when HIV infected mothers give birth and breastfeed a baby.

    In the acute phase of infection (2-6 weeks after contact with the HIV virus), flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, malaise and headache usually occur. In the second phase of the infection, the so-called latency phase, one does not feel physical symptoms. In this latency phase, the virus multiplies and infects the cells of the immune system. On average, this phase lasts for 9-11 years. However, the duration of the latency phase varies greatly from patient to patient. In the third phase, the symptoms of “AIDS-related complex” appear, similar to those in the acute phase. However, these flu-like symptoms do not differ, in contrast to the acute phase.

     

    What are the most important protective measures against the HIV virus?

    Although AIDS is a good medical treatment, it can be used to live for many years, but it can not be cured until today. That is what you always need to think about during sexual intercourse. Almost 80% of HIV infections in this country are based on unprotected sexual intercourse! HIV can be transmitted during vaginal and anal intercourse and in oral sex when sperm or menstrual blood enters the mouth. The only protection against this are condoms or the femidom (“condom for women”). Incidentally, these protect not only against HIV, but also against many extremely unpleasant or dangerous venereal diseases such as herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, syphilis or gonorrhea. Even with unprotected intercourse and the so-called coitus interruptus (“look out” or “retreat before the peak”) there is a risk of infection. Even if there was no ejaculation during sex, the HIV virus can be transmitted! There is no danger of kissing, kissing, caressing and stroking. Shared use of toilets, cutlery, indoor swimming pools, saunas, etc. is also safe.

    The three safe sex rules:

    • Sleep together – always with a condom (or femidom).
    • No semen, no menstrual blood in the mouth, no semen or blood swallowing.
    • If itching, burning or discharge to the doctor.

     

    HIV and drug addicts

    AIDS is still today as a disease of drug addicts. This is because there is a high risk of infection if non-sterile syringes are used or even used together, because then possibly infected blood residues can end up directly in the bloodstream of the next user.

     

    Blood transfusions

    At the doctor or in the hospital, the hygiene standards in this country are so high that there is no risk of infection. B. with tattoo or piercing. Blood donations are screened for HIV, so the chance of a blood transfusion infection is negligible – again based on the situation in the developed world.

     

    HIV-infected women who have a baby.

    If they are unaware of their infection or have no way to treat the virus (as is usually the case in developing countries), the risk of infection for the baby during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding is high. If, however, appropriate medical measures are taken (treatment with medication, abstinence, etc.), chances are that the HIV virus will not be transferred from the mother to the child.

  • First symptoms of an HIV infection

    Shortly after the infection with HIV (usually 11-15 days) it comes to a rapid multiplication of the viruses. In more than half of those affected, the early phase of the disease has no or only a few uncharacteristic symptoms, about 25% of the newcomers are symptomatic of acute HIV infection. Common symptoms of disease are at this early stage of the disease:

    • fever
    • fatigue
    • general fatigue
    • lymphadenopathy
    • night sweating
    • loss of appetite
    • skin rash
    • inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa
    • joint pain

     

    The symptoms of an acute infection with the HIV virus are similar to those of influenza or glandular fever (Epstein Barr virus infection). At this early stage of the disease, the HIV viruses multiply explosively, so that the viral load of the affected persons can amount to several million viruses per milliliter of blood. At the same time, the number of certain immune cells, the so-called CD4 cells, decreases for a short time before being restored. Because the infected person has not yet formed any antibodies against the pathogen, the diagnosis of HIV infection by an HIV test is not yet possible. The diagnosis of acute HIV infection can only be made by the direct detection of the virus (PCR) to the occurrence of anti-HIV antibodies.

  • How does HIV infection develop?

    The HIV virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. Because the body has not yet formed antibodies (antibodies) to the virus immediately after infection, the amount of virus in the blood is extremely high. New infected people therefore run a high risk of infection.

    Usually it is transmitted during unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected partner. 70% of new infections affect homosexual men, 20% of infections occur in heterosexual contacts. In case of unprotected sexual intercourse with an equally infected partner, HIV-infected persons can also be infected by another, possibly resistant, subtype of the HIV virus. A small risk of contamination can also not be ruled out during oral sex contact.

     

    Drug addicts

    9% of all infected people are drug addicts who share their syringes or needles with others.

     

    Pregnancy

    15-30% of HIV-infected mothers transfer the disease to their child during pregnancy or childbirth. Treatment with retroviral drugs and birth by caesarean section can reduce the transmission risk to 2%. Since transmission of HIV can also take place via breast milk, mothers with HIV infection should not breast-feed their child.

     

    Blood

    Infected blood or blood products may contain HIV viruses in such high concentrations that infection is possible. Since 1985, hospitals and blood banks in European countries have been testing blood and blood products, as well as blood donors that repeat HIV antibodies. That is why today the risk of getting infected in this way is negligible. In isolated cases, the HIV virus can be transmitted during tattoos with unclean utensils. According to current knowledge, the risk of infection due to saliva, sweat or tears is extremely low. However, if these fluids come into contact with open wounds, transfer cannot be completely ruled out. While some pathogens spread through the exhaled air, the HIV virus cannot skip coughing or sneezing in other people.
    Contrary to what is often thought, the HIV virus is therefore not transmitted by:

    • handshaking
    • skin contact (hugs or kisses on the cheeks or mouth)
    • sweat
    • tearful
    • saunas
    • swimming in swimming pools
    • Toilets
    • eat together and share knife and fork
    • the amount of viruses in sweat, tears and saliva is too small to cause an infection.
    • Insect bites
  • What are the symptoms of AIDS

    Most HIV patients who still have AIDS today do not know that they have HIV infection. If they are not treated, the gradual weakening of the immune system usually leads to the complete development of the AIDS status of the disease during HIV infection. These are mainly symptoms of certain AIDS-definition of opportunistic infections such as Pneumocystis pneumonia, a certain form of pneumonia, Kaposi’s sarcoma, a tumor that mainly affects the skin and mucous membranes, serious herpes infections, tuberculosis and some other diseases, At the same time, the number of helper cells often falls below 200 per microliter. This is often a life-threatening condition. In the past, survival after diagnosis was often only 3 years. Nowadays modern medicine often allows a survival of more than 10 years. However, it does not have to be that far with early diagnosis and consistent HIV therapy.