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 a 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.