Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Point of Care Testing

Point of care (POC) testing for human immunodeficiency virus (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

South Australia has two sites that offer free HIV POC testing using finger-prick sampling with the Trinity Uni-Gold™ HIV device, along with confirmatory HIV testing and a full sexual health screen.

HIV POC testing is available in Adelaide at two sites:

Rapido Clinic, SHINE SA

The Rapido Clinic is staffed by trained peer HIV POC testers and a sexual health nurse. The Rapido Clinic also offers a full sexual health screen.

Location: 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide.

Rapido is open on Mondays from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. For an appointment, telephone (08) 7099 5300 or walk-in during opening hours.

For further information regarding SHINE SA and the services they provide visit the SHINE SA website.

Clinic 275, STD Services, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Clinic 275 is no longer offering HIV POC testing. People can this test at Rapido.

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.

Further 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.

For more information

For more information on HIV POC testing in Adelaide, contact the clinics directly.

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