Frequently Asked Questions
We put together this knowledge base of FAQs about HIV self-testing based on common questions we get from community partners, service users, policy makers, media and the general public.
If you’re testing and looking for help, remember that the INSTI HIV Self Test® package insert contains questions and answers, and that our peer navigators are available through our I’m Ready, Talk secure telehealth service if you have questions about the I’m Ready program or if you need support before, during or after you test.
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The INSTI HIV Self-Test
- What are some common mistakes people make when taking the self-test and how can I avoid them?
- When can I read the result?
- How will I know if my test was done correctly?
- What happens if I spill some of the bottle contents outside the test device?
- How do I make sure I get enough blood?
HIV self-testing in Canada
- Will the test be available for free, or will there be a cost?
- What should a person do if they get a positive self-test result?
- Are the results of a self-test confidential?
- Which self-tests are available in Canada?
- What is HIV self-testing?
Roles of CBOs and HCPs
- What are potential roles for community-based organizations in supporting new testing technologies such as self-testing?
- What supports can community agencies give to people who are seeking self-testing?
- What should an organization consider if they plan to acquire and distribute HIV self-tests?