The M Clinic is the only location in Western Australia where you can buy the ATOMO HIV Self Test outright.
We sell them at reception for $30 each for a maximum quantity of 4 per person.
Prior to purchasing an ATOMO HIV Self Test Kit, you have to watch the Instructional Video in the clinic, even if you have purchased one before, as it is a TGA requirement.
If you haven’t done one of these tests before, you can ask one of the nurses to supervise you if they are available.
You can also find more information about the ATOMO kits from their website: https://www.atomohivtest.com/home.php
Frequently Asked Questions
What is HIV?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that targets the immune system and over time reduces the body’s ability to fight infection. There is no cure for HIV but if diagnosed early is a manageable condition with people able to live long, active and healthy lives.
What are the signs and symptoms of HIV?
The only way to know if you have HIV is to have an HIV test. Also you cannot tell if someone has HIV just by looking at them. The only way to know your HIV status is to TEST REGULARLY
How is HIV passed on?
Certain body fluids from a person who has HIV, including blood, breast milk, semen (cum), pre-ejaculate (precum), rectal fluids and vaginal fluids. Transmission occurs if these fluids come into contact with a mucous membrane (found inside the rectum, vagina, penis or mouth), or damaged tissue or are injected directly into the bloodstream (by a needle or syringe)
HIV is NOT transmitted by
- Casual contact e.g. shaking hands, sharing cutlery
- Air or water
How accurate is the test?
It has been shown to be 99.6% accurate
I am worried I have been exposed to HIV in the last few days, what should I do?
You should go to either one of the Public Sexual Health Clinics (Royal Perth Hospital Ainslie House or South Terrace Clinic in Fremantle) as soo as possible within 72 hours, as you may be able to access a course of medication called PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
What is the ‘window period’?
After exposure to HIV, it can be 3 months before your body develops the antibodies detected by this test – this is called the window period. If you take an HIV self test during the window period, you may incorrectly get a negative result. If you believe you have recently been exposed to HIV, you are recommended to test again after the window period has passed.
Alternatively, you can attend the M Clinic, where we can do blood tests for HIV with shorter window periods. Call 9227 0734 to find out more.
What happens if my test result is negative?
It is important to know if it has been more than 3 months since your last risk event. If it has, and you have performed the test correctly, you are likely to be HIV negative. If it has been less than 3 months since your last risk event, you will need to test again in 3 months. If you are unsure, you should seek medical advice.
Please note: A negative result does not at any time preclude the possibility of HIV infection. If the test result is negative and clinical suymptoms are present, additional testing using other clinical methods is recommended.
What happens if my test result is reactive?
The Atomo HIV Self Test is a screening test. It is important that you have follow up testing done at the M Clinic. Please call us on 9227 0734 and inform us that you had a reactive test so that we can further assist and book you in as soon as possible.
If you are diagnosed as HIV positive (which can only be done when you attend the M Clinic), you will be connected to counselling services and then intiated on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. Only your doctor/healthcare professional can recommend what treatment is right for you. Early diagnosis of HIV means treatment can start sooner. HIV is a manageable condition and people living with HIV are able to live long, active and healthy lives.
It is important to note that the ATOMO HIV Self Test has an expiry date and you must check it prior to use.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call the nurses at M Clinic on 9227 0734 during operating hours.