HIV RNA PCR Testing

This test can detect the presence of the HIV virus just 10 days after any potential exposure, and is available only as part of the Better2Know Early Detection Screen along with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a testing method that extracts and amplifies the genetic material of an organism. This tests for the presence of the viral RNA itself, so the window period is shorter compared with other types of HIV and STI testing. This means it can provide the earliest possible indication of infection.

This test is slightly less sensitive than the 28 Day HIV Duo test. So, if you choose this test we would recommend that you have a follow up HIV Duo test after waiting  at least 28 days.

This HIV RNA test is part of our Early Detection Screen which tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The results of the Early Detection Screen will be ready just 3 working days from when your sample is received in the laboratory.