HIV self-testing means that a person can purchase or otherwise obtain their own test, do the test themselves and get their results right away, similar to a home pregnancy test. This means they do not have to go to a facility, clinic or doctors office.  

Everything with a self-test is done by the person testing, where they want and when they want, including connecting to care and prevention services as needed after testing. 

It is important to note that if these initial selftest results are positive, the person testing should go to a clinic or health care provider to have a “confirmatory” test done so they can get a diagnosis, since a self-testwhile highly accurateis a screening test 

bioLytical’s INSTI HIV Self Test was the first HIV self-test approved for use in Canada, on Nov. 3, 2020, though more will likely be approved in time.   

The self-test is different from selfsample collection devices or programs that are available for public use, such as mail-order kits, which require a person to send a sample of their blood or dried blood spots to a lab for testing.  

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