Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Point of Care Testing
Point of care (POC) testing for HIV is quick and convenient, providing results in 20 minutes rather than the next day. Some people refer to point of care testing as ‘rapid testing’.
Where to get tested
SHINE SA’s Rapido Clinic offers free HIV POC testing using finger-prick sampling, along with confirmatory HIV testing and a full sexual health screen. This service is for gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans and gender diverse people. HIV POC testing is conducted by trained peer testers.
Location: 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide.
Visit the Rapido Clinic page on the SHINE SA website for more information, including Rapido Clinic hours.
When to be tested
The HIV POC test detects antibodies that develop within three months after exposure to HIV. Standard HIV antigen-antibody testing is more likely to detect infection during seroconversion, the time during which a person first develops antibodies for HIV. Either test should be repeated 12 weeks after a high-risk exposure.
If you might have had a recent exposure to HIV, contact the 24 hour a day HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) hotline at 1800 022 226.
For more information about PEP visit the HIV PEP page.
Information for clinicians
HIV POC tests are expected to perform well in higher prevalence populations and should not be used in individuals at low-risk of HIV, due to risk of false positive results.