ATOMO HIV Self Test

Currently, in Western Australia, M Clinic, WAAC and some Pharmacy 777 locations are the only places where you can purchase an ATOMO HIV Self-Test. 

We sell them at reception for $25 each for a maximum quantity of 4 per person. 

We encourage you to watch the Instructional ATOMO HIV Self Test Kit video before purchasing the kit. You can also find more information about the ATOMO kits on the ATOMO website.

 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), 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
  • Kissing
  • Saliva
  • Urine
  • Tears
  • Sweat
  • 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 soon 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.

What happens if my test result is reactive?

Don’t panic

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 initiated 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 can 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. 

For assistance using or interpreting results of your ATOMO HIV Self-test kit call:
1300 235 035