Stomach ulcer test
SELFCheck home screening tests: what is a stomach ulcer test?
Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection is associated with over 80% of ulcers. Approximately 20% of people under age 40, increasing to 50% of those over age 60 will have a Helicobacter pylori infection in their lifetime. The test requires a small finger prick blood sample and visual results will be available in 10 minutes.
Who can use this test?
Everyone. The infection can occur in both men and women of any age.
How often should I test for Helicobacter pylori?
There is no restriction on how frequently it can be carried out. However, for those who have been treated for an infection with Helicobacter pylori, positive results may still appear for up to 12 months after an infection has been treated with antibiotics.
How does the home test work?
The test requires a small drop of blood. Visual results will be available within 10 minutes. Read the full instruction leaflet contained in the pack before use.
Why should I test for Helicobacter pylori?
- It is estimated that half of the world’s population may be infected with Helicobacter pylori, so there is an increased chance that you could have it
- Untreated infections increase the risk of developing heartburn, indigestion, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), stomach ulcers and possibly cancer
What does the test pack contain?
- Each pack contains: 1 test cassette, 1 safety lancet, 1 buffer solution, 1 plaster and instructions for use.
- Everything required to complete the test at home, with no need to send off for results.
- The test provides a reliable indication of the presence of antibodies for Helicobacter pylori.
- A Helicobacter pylori infection may lead to stomach ulcers, gastritis and can contribute to developing stomach cancer.
- A simple test with easy to follow instructions.
- Only a drop of blood required, with visible results within 10 minutes.
- No requirement to limit food or fluid intake prior to testing.
- The test can be carried out at any time of day.
- Detailed instruction leaflet contains useful details about stomach infection.
- Allows you to make informed choices depending on the test result and to seek professional advice.
What do my results mean?
|2 lines appear in test window (no matter how faint)||Positive|
|No lines appear in the test window||Test is invalid- refer to instructions for details|
What should I do if my results are positive for Helicobacter pylori?
You should consult your doctor for further examination, diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Medical decisions should only be made following consultation with a doctor. Not being infected with Helicobacter pylori does not necessarily mean that you can’t get a stomach ulcer for another reason.
What should I do if my results are negative, but I still have digestive problems?
You should speak to your local pharmacist about treatments which may benefit you.