rapid HIV test

'Rapid' HIV tests are performed with devices that provide results within 20 minutes.

The window period (the time it can take from when someone becomes infected until a test can detect the infection) can generally be a little longer in rapid HIV tests than laboratory tests. So if you think you have recently been exposed to HIV, laboratory testing would be recommended instead of rapid testing.

A negative result on a rapid HIV test result is reliable providing the person being tested has not been at risk of HIV infection within the last 3 months.

A 'reactive' result on a rapid HIV test is not a diagnosis of HIV infection, as rapid HIV tests produce a small number of false positive results. For this reason, a reactive rapid HIV test result always needs to be confirmed by laboratory tests.

Rapid HIV tests have been available for clinical and home use in many countries for some time but until recently, none had been approved for use in Australia.

Rapid HIV testing is available from the sites listed below. It is currently available only in the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria; however, new rapid testing centres will be opened in other locations over coming months.

 

ACT - Canberra

NSW - Sydney

NSW- Regional

QLD - Brisbane

QLD - Regional

Vic - Melbourne

Vic - Regional

 

 

 

ACT

Canberra

Interchange General Practice

Level 3, 28 University Ave

Canberra City ACT 2601

Phone: (02) 6247 1719

 

 

New South Wales

Sydney

Albion Street Centre

150-154 Albion Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: 02 9332 9611

 

a[TEST] ACON

414 Elizabeth St

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: 02 9206 2000

 

a[TEST] Newtown

222 King Street (Level 1)

Newtown NSW 2042

Phone: 02 02 9557 9399

Monday and Tuesday evenings

Book online: www.atest.org.au

 

Campbelltown Sexual Health Clinic

5 Thomas Rose Dr

Campbelltown NSW 2560

Phone: 02 4633 4100

 

Clinic 16

Royal North Shore Hospital

Level 5, RNS Community Health Building

2c Herbert Street

St Leonards NSW 2065

Phone: 02 9462 9500

 

Immunology and Ambulatory Care Clinic (IBAC)

St Vincents Hospital

Level 4, Xavier Building, 390 Victoria Street

Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: 02 8382 2576

 

Liverpool Sexual Health Clinic

Bigge Park Centre

Corner of Elizabeth and Bigge Streets

Liverpool NSW 2170

Phone: 02 9827 8022

 

Sydney Sexual Health Centre

Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 93827440

 

East Sydney Doctors

102 Burton Street

Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: 02 9332 2531

 

Nepean Sexual Health Clinic

Court Building, Nepean Hospital, Derby St

Kingswood NSW 2747

Phone: 02 4734 2507

 

RPA Sexual Health Clinic

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

16 Marsden Street

Camperdown NSW 2050

Phone: 02 9515 1200

 

Taylor Square Private Clinic

393 Bourke Street

Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: 02 9331 6151

 

Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre

Level 1, Jeffrey House

162 Marsden Street

Parramatta NSW 2150

Phone: 02 9843 3124

 

Regional NSW

ACON Hunter

129 Maitland Road

Islington NSW 2296

Phone: 02 4962 7700

 

Newcastle Sexual Health Service

Level 2, 670 Hunter Street

Newcastle NSW 2302

Phone: 02 4016 4536

 

Lismore Sexual Health Service

Lismore Base Hospital

4 Shepherd Lane

Lismore NSW 2480

Phone: 02 9515 1200

 

Queensland

Brisbane

Biala - Brisbane Sexual Health Centre

Floor 1 / 270 Roma Street

Brisbane Qld 4000

Phone: 07 3837 5611

 

Gladstone Road Medical Centre

38 Gladstone Road

Highgate Hill QLD 4101

Phone: 07 3844 9599

Online booking: www.grmc.com.au


Central Brunswick Medical Centre

16/421 Brunswick Street

Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Phone: 07 3852 2733

 

Princess Alexandra Sexual Health (PASH)

Ipswich Road,

Woolloongabba Qld 4102

Phone: 07 3176 5881

 

Testing Point

Healthy Communities

30 Helen Street

Teneriffe Qld 4005

Phone: 07 3017 1733

 

 

Regional Queensland

Bundaberg, Q Clinic, Wide Bay Sexual Health

312 Bourbong Street, Margaret Rose Building

Bundaberg Qld 4670

Phone: 07 4150 2754

 

Cairns Sexual Health Service

Cairns North Community Health Precinct

381 Sheridan St (across from Tobruk Pool)

Cairns Qld 4870

Phone: 07 4226 4769

 

Gold Coast Sexual Health Service - Miami

2019 Gold Coast Hwy

Miami Qld 4220

Phone: 07 5576 9033

 

S.H.op101 - Ipswich Sexual Health Service

Ipswich Health Plaza, 21 Bell Street

Ipswich Qld 4305

Phone: 07 3817 2428

 

Mackay Sexual Health and Sexual Assault Service

12 - 14 Nelson Street, Community Health Centre

Mackay Qld 4740

Phone: 07 4968 3919

 

Mt Isa Sexual Health Services

Doreen St Clinic

Mt Isa Qld 4825

Phone: 07 4744 4805

 

Sunshine Coast

Clinic 87 - Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Sexual Health & HIV Service

First Floor, 80-82 Blackall Terrace

Nambour Qld 4560

Phone: 07 5470 5244

 

Rockhampton Sexual Health and HIV Service

92 Bolsover Street

Rockhampton Qld 4700

Phone: 07 4932 5440

Toowoomba

Kobi House,Toowoomba Health Services

Kobi House, Pechey Street

Toowoomba Qld 4350

Phone: 07 4616 6446

 

Townsville Sexual Health Services

35 Gregory Street

North Ward Qld 4810

Phone: 07 4778 9600


Victoria

Melbourne

ERA Health

(Dr Forgan-Smith)

563 Bourke Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: 03 9944 6200

 

PRONTO!

175 Rose Street

Fitzroy Vic 3065

Phone: 03 9416 2889

 

Prahran Market Clinic,

Prahran Central Shopping Centre

Mezzanine Level, 325 Chapel Street

Prahran Vic 3181

Phone: 03 9826 6144

 

Bendigo

Primary Care Centre

123 Arnold St

Bendigo Vic 3550

Phone: 03 5441 8622


This page was published on 20 September, 2013

This page was reviewed on 19 March 2014

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