OraQuick- Your in-home HIV Test Kit

Do you want to take control of your sexual health? If so, here is one way to do it! Give yourself the gift of knowing by taking an OraQuick® in-home HIV Test with complete privacy and confidentiality. Available at People’s Pharmacy.

What does this test do?

OraQuick® is an in-vitro diagnostic home-use test for HIV (HIV-1 and HIV-2) in oral fluid. It works by looking for your body’s response to fighting the HIV virus (antibodies). This test is only used orally. Do not use this test with blood, plasma, semen, vaginal fluid, urine, sweat, or breast milk. Use this test only as directed.

When should I use this test?

This test can detect HIV infection if used  3 months after a risk event. If you test within the first 3 months, you should test again 3 months after the risk event. Click here for a list of possible risk events.

You can use the OraQuick ® test:

  • if you want to know your HIV status
  • if you are pregnant you can test anytime
  • if you are age 17 or older

What are the benefits of this test?


Before you begin:

There are some basic preparations you’ll need to make before taking the OraQuick® HIV test. Some people may feel a little anxious when taking an HIV test. But if you feel very anxious about taking the test, you may want to wait to take it, or get tested by a healthcare professional or local clinic. Click here to view a checklist of things you should and shouldn’t do before taking the test.

How do I take the test?

The following video shows you step by step how to take the OraQuick® HIV test. Please click on the video below to view.


What do I do with my results?

If your result is negative: If it has been at least 3 months since you have had a risk event and you followed the directions carefully, then you likely do not have HIV. However, if your test result is negative and you engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV, you should test regularly.


If you result is positive: If your result is positive, there are a couple of important things you should do next.

  • Call (441) 278-6442 (Department of Health) for further assistance
  • See your General Physician or go to the Hamilton Health Centre, clinical area D to speak to a healthcare professional

A clinic or healthcare professional MUST confirm your test result. To speak to a live person, the makers of OraQuick also have trained professionals for you to contact 24/7. Call their Support Center, toll-free at 1-866-436-6527, any time, 24/7, 365 days a year. All calls are confidential.

For more information about HIV and what your results mean to you, you can download their complete booklet “HIV, Testing & Me” and “What your results mean to You!”

**The illustrations in the booklets should not be used to interpret your test results. Please use the test directions provided with the test kit to interpret your test results.**










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