We cannot accept a test kit back, even if it is unused. For HIV oral swabs: you can either keep your kit to use later or give it to someone else to use. For lab-based kits: please either keep it to use later or dispose of it. If you give it to another person, it will still have all of your information attached to any results even if you aren’t sending in specimens. You must use the test within 2 months of ordering it.
I tested positive using a TakeMeHome test. What happens now?
Testing positive can be a stressful experience. It’s important to take care of yourself and seek support from trusted friends, partners, and other loved ones if that feels right. When you’re ready, visit a local healthcare provider to get confirmatory testing (a more sensitive test to make sure you’re positive) and treatment if needed. Find your nearest clinic here. Clinics may provide other support beyond testing and treatment, like mental health, substance use, and financial assistance resources. Remember: A local health department official may reach out to you to make sure you get the treatment you need and that your partners can access testing if they need to. Telling your partners about a positive test result isn’t easy, but it gives them necessary information so they can get tested and treated in case they are positive too. You can use TellYourPartner.org to anonymously send your partners a text letting them know that they should get tested if telling them directly doesn’t feel right or safe for you.