Getting a Rapid HIV test is a simple and straightforward procedure and you will receive your results in approximately 30 mins. The test can be conducted as early as 14 days after exposure.
What is the HIV Rapid Test?
The Rapid HIV test finds HIV antibodies in your blood. The majority of people will develop enough HIV antibodies to be detected three to four weeks after infection. In 30 minutes you will get the result from your Rapid HIV test eliminating the stress of waiting for several days for results.
Why Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD?
At Era Health Doctor Melbourne CBD clinic, we are currently one of the few clinics that provide HIV rapid test. You can call our clinic on 03 9944 6200 or you can make a booking online.
How Quickly Can I Get My Results?
The blood sample is taken and applied to our testing device. You are then asked to sit in the waiting room whilst we test your blood. This will usually take around thirty minutes. Upon the result, you will be advised what to do next.
What is the cost of the HIV Rapid Test?
The cost of the test is $35 plus the consultation with the doctor which is $89 and, if you are eligible with Medicare, we can claim the rebate for the consultation component after your appointment.
These appointments require a non-refundable deposit of $35 at the time of booking and can be booked over the phone.
What Happens During the Testing?
Your HIV Rapid test will be booked for as early as you please within opening hours. You turn up and a drop of your blood is taken. It may be drawn, but in most cases, your finger is pricked and a few drops of blood are taken.
The blood is tested, which takes around thirty minutes. After half an hour has elapsed, the blood will show to be reactive, un-reactive in inconclusive. If your test is inconclusive or reactive, then you will be advised upon what to do next and you will have to do the standard HIV test, which takes up to a week to generate results.
Why Is There A Rapid And A Standard Test?
The standard test is the one you probably know already, where blood is drawn and tested, and you get your results in a few days. A rapid test is an “Alere HIV antibody/antigen test.” It is a different type of test that gives results in around thirty minutes based on if the test was reactive, un-reactive, or inconclusive.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has allowed this sort of testing in order to give people a quicker idea if they are stricken with HIV.
There is also the THOR study. This uses the Oraquick rapid HIV test and is often used for people that are at high risk of HIV. Era Health doctors have taken all the required training for Rapid HIV tests as set out by the TGA.
Further Testing May Be Needed
If your blood needs to be taken for a standard test, then you will be advised on what you may do whilst you wait for your results. There is a small possibility that if you are treated quickly enough that you may experience a turnaround, though this is relatively rare. If you would like further testing on your blood for other sexually transmitted diseases, then our team are happy to test in the clinic and/or send your sample off to be tested at a medical center.
What is PEP?
PEP is post exposure prophylaxis – this is medication to prevent you from getting HIV in the event of possible exposure but it must be commenced within 72 hours of exposure.
If you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hrs then you should see an HIV doctor as soon as possible to determine your risk and to consider PEP
Please call us on (03) 9944 6200 to book an appointment. Should you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.