Jun 28, 2010
One of the more dismaying aspects of the HIV pandemic has been the fact that very many of the people who are infected are unaware of their HIV status and have not been tested.
Public Health doctors and people involved in the HIV diagnostic and treatment fields have been looking for innovative ways to increase the HIV tetsing yield.
Several issues have conspired to prevent full take up of HIV testing and these include fear, difficulty obtaining testing, desire to remain anonymous and simply finding time to get tested in the first place.
At Freedomhealth we're always looking at new ways of improving our service and allowing access to as many people as possible.
We've just launched a service in the UK and Western Europe where people wanting modern fourth generation HIV DUO tests can use a TEXT request system.
It works by texting FHPATH4 to the following numbers:-
88020 if you live in the UK
+447950080232 if you live in Western Europe
Once you have sent the TEXT TO 88020 you will receive an automated message asking for you to confirm the request and also asking for your name and delivery address. There is no payment at this stage.
The kit will be despatched to you the same day, arriving at a UK address the next day. You then have to ask a local GP clinic, NHS pathology department or a local private hospital to take the small blood sample for you. They will usually charge a modest fee for this.
The charge for the HIV DUO test is £30 and is payable by cheque or card on returning the sample to the laboratory.
The result will be texted to you by return. If it a positive test, one of our doctors will call you and guide you on next steps and if necessary facilitate entry into an HIV clinic for further investigation and if necessary, treatments.
Other tests are available and can be seen here on the relevant website page:-