How to use an iCare HIV ORAL test kit - by LT Labs
Welcome to this demonstration video on how to use the iCare HIV Oral Test Kit. Detailed instructions can also be found in the package, either on an instructions insert, or printed on the back of the test kit packet. Please follow all steps carefully. Before we begin the test, please note that nothing should be placed in your mouth in the last 10 minutes before the test. This includes food, drink, tobacco products or any other materials.
Begin by opening the main package. You will find an oral swab collector, a mixing chamber containing diluent solution and a test packet. In the test packet, there is a test cassette and a moisture absorbent packet. The moisture absorbent packet is not used for the test and should be discarded. Before collecting the oral specimen, it is important to gargle or rinse your mouth gently with warm boiled water. Once ready, open up the packet containing the oral swab collector. Please hold the oral swab collector only by its handle - do not touch the sampler end of the collector.
This is to prevent contamination of the sample. Insert the sampler into your mouth and wipe one side of the sampler gently and slowly along the upper gums. Wipe from the left corner of the mouth to the right corner, then wipe back again. You should do this for about 5-6 seconds.
Do not swab the inner cheeks, the roof of the mouth or the tongue. Next, flip the sampler, and this time, wipe your lower gums with the new side of the sampler. Wipe for about 5-6 seconds. The sample collection is now completed. Open the lid of the mixing chamber, which contains diluent solution, and insert the sampler into the solution. Press the sampler against the inside wall of the chamber and stir thoroughly. After stirring, break off the handle of the sampler, leaving the sampler in the chamber.
Close the lid of the chamber and turn it tight. Mix the liquid in the chamber by shaking up and down about 20 times. The solution is now ready for testing. Place the test cassette on a flat horizontal surface, such as a table. Twist open the bottom cap of the mixing chamber to expose the dropper tip. Add 4 drops of solution from the mixing chamber into the sample well of the test cassette. Wait 10 minutes and read the results. Do not read the results after 15 minutes.
A single line in the result window at the "C" position indicates a negative result. A negative result means the sample indicates that you do not have HIV. However, note that for a newly infected individual, there is a window period whereby the HIV virus could be present, but its antibody levels cannot be detected yet. So in order to confirm your negative status, you are advised to conduct a second test in 3 to 6 months. 2 lines in the result window at the "C" and "T" positions indicate a positive result.
A positive result means the sample indicates that you have HIV. You should visit a licensed medical professional immediately for further testing. Earlier diagnosis allows for more effective treatment. If no lines appear, or if the line appears at the wrong position, the test is invalid. You should test again with a new kit. Never re-use a test kit. Please dispose of all test kit components safely after reading your result. The test kit package includes a guide for interpreting the results.
Thank you for choosing iCare. Please visit our website STDrapidtest.com if you wish to order an HIV oral test kit.
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