HIV Rapid Testing

HIV Rapid Testing

HIV Rapid Testing is now available.

If you would like to have a HIV Rapid Test, please phone the clinic on 9514 0888 to make an appointment. You will need to clearly state that you would like a Rapid HIV test to assist our bookings process.

How does it work?

The tests available are the Alere Determine HIV antibody/antigen test and the Oraquick Advance HIV test. These have been approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use as point of care testing for HIV. Please discuss with your doctor about which test might be more appropriate for you.

Our doctors have received the required training, and the clinic has satisfied the TGA requirements for doing the tests.

The test involves either the doctor pricking your finger to obtain a few drops of blood, which is then applied to a test strip or taking a swab from your gums to be used is a test reagent. The test then takes 20 to 30 minutes to develop, during which time you may be asked to sit in the waiting room, and you will then be called back for the result.

A standard blood test may also be taken and sent to the Victorian Infectious Diseases Laboratory (VIDRL). This provides the opportunity to check for other STIs if you request.

Results & Privacy

You should be able to obtain the HIV result within 30 minutes.
However, if the test is indeterminate or reactive, you will need to wait for the standard test result which may take up to 1 week.

An indeterminate or reactive test does not necessarily mean that you are HIV positive. A small number of these may be ‘false positives’ and will return as a negative test on standard testing at VIDRL.

Cost

The test is not currently funded through the Health Department or Medicare.
Prahran Market Clinic is purchasing the tests. The clinic is recovering the costs of purchase, and is not making a profit from this service.  

The HIV Rapid Test cost is $25. The usual consultation fees will be charged in addition to the cost of the test.  Health care card holders will generally be bulk billed for the consultation fee, as is our usual practice. 

 

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