Test instructions – Type 1

These instructions (type 1) are for those test kits:

  • Code HVB – HIV test kit for blood – 4th generation
  • Code HV3 – HIV test kit for blood – 3rd generation

Test instructions:

  • Before starting the test, read these instructions through carefully.
  • Remove the film from the test device just before you carry out the test.
  • Components of the test kit:
    • test device
    • buffer solution in a small bottle
    • sterile lancet
    • single-use pipette
    • alcohol swab
  • Carrying out the test
    1. Open the small sachet, take out the test device and lay it on a clean, level surface. The best results are obtained if the test is carried out within one hour. Take care not to touch or contaminate the well or the test strip.
    2. Open and discard the plastic lid on the small buffer solution bottle
    3. Use the alcohol swab to clean the area of skin to be pierced (see fig. 1)
    4. Push down the top of the lancet until it clicks and then turn it through 360° (see fig. 2)
    5. Carefully remove the cap (see fig. 3)
    6. Position the lancet firmly and press the trigger so that the sterile needle pierces the skin. (see fig. 4) Do not be afraid, it is completely painless. After the prick, increase the blood flow by pressing the fingertip with thumb and index finger of the other hand. You can also stroke the finger from base to tip using thumb and index finger of the other hand.
    7. Allow a drop of blood to fall from the finger into the well marked ‘S’ on the test device, without touching the device with the finger. You can alternatively use the pipette to take a drop of blood (see fig. 5) and transfer it that way to the well (see fig. 6)
    8. Next, add 2 drops of buffer solution from the small bottle to the well marked ‘S’ on the cartridge.
    9. Wait until the red line(s) appear(s). It should be possible to read off the result after 15 minutes exactly. The result must not be read off after 20 minutes!
  • Reading off the result:
    In general the lines do not have to be exactly the same, one line can be a little lighter in colour than the other. In addition traces of blood may sometimes be visible in the test device, but they have no further effect on the result.
    1. If you see a red line in test zones 1 and 2 as well as the control zone (C): this means you could be infected with HIV-1 and HIV-2 (see fig. a).
      >>> Please consult a doctor as soon as possible and have the result compared with a laboratory test.
    2. If you see a red line in test zone 1 as well as the control zone (C): this means you could be infected with HIV-1 (see fig. b).
      >>> Please consult a doctor as soon as possible and have the result compared with a laboratory test.
    3. If you see a red line in test zone 2 as well as the control zone (C): this means you could be infected with HIV-2 (see fig. c).
      >>> Please consult a doctor as soon as possible and have the result compared with a laboratory test.
    4. If you see a red line in the control zone (C) but no other line: this means you are not infected with HIV-1 and/or HIV-2. If your symptoms persist, please repeat the test or consult a doctor (see fig. d).
    5. If you see a red line in the test zone but no line in the control zone (C): this means that the result is not valid. You should repeat the procedure with a new test kit and follow these instructions carefully (see fig. e).
    6. If you see no line of any sort: this means that the result is not valid. You should repeat the procedure with a new test kit and follow these instructions carefully (see fig. f).