HIV Rapid Testing

HIV RAPID TESTS

HIV rapid tests are short incubation immunoassays used for screening and produce results in twenty minutes or less.  HIV rapid tests mostly use blood or oral fluid.  Blood specimens are collected typically via fingerprick, venepuncture can also be used, or oral fluid is collected by swab from the gum line. It is not a diagnostic test; all reactive results need to be confirmed by reference testing.  They are also known as HIV point of care tests (PoCT).

BACKGROUND

In December 2012, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved the first HIV rapid test for use at the point of care in Australia.  The Alere Determine™ HIV Combo test is now registered for use as a screening test. The TGA has placed a number of strict conditions around the use of the device, aiming to ensure the product is only available for use by testing sites and health professionals who are able to deliver testing in a safe and appropriate manner.

ASHM believes HIV rapid HIV testing has an important role to play in Australia's National HIV Strategy. As a signatory to the Melbourne Declaration, ASHM has been working to support the implementation of HIV PoCT, as per the conditions set out both by the TGA and the National HIV Testing Policy.

For information about implementing HIV rapid testing at your service please contact Paula Runnals, Senior Project Officer, National Policy and Education Division at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (02) 8204 0722.

Please see below for a list of sites by state/territory which are offering HIV rapid testing.  Some sites listed are using the TGA approved test and some sites are part of research trials using other HIV rapid test devices.  Please contact the individual site for more information.

HIV RAPID TESTING SITES

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WA

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WHERE TO GET AN HIV RAPID TEST IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

There are currently no services offering HIV rapid testing. 

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VIC

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WHERE TO GET AN HIV RAPID TEST IN VICTORIA

Bendigo Primary Care Centre
123 Arnold Street
Bendigo 3550
(03) 5441 8622

ERA Health (Dr Forgan-Smith)
563 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000
(03) 9944 6200

PRONTO!
175 Rose Street
Fitzroy 3065
(03) 9416 2889

Prahran Market Clinic
Prahran Central Shopping Centre
Mezzanine Level, 325 Chapel Street
Prahran 3181
(03) 9826 6144

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TAS

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WHERE TO GET AN HIV RAPID TEST IN TASMANIA

This service will be starting testing soon:

Sexual Health Service - Hobart
60 Collins Street
Hobart 7000
(03) 6233 3557

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SA

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WHERE TO GET AN HIV RAPID TEST IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

There are currently no services offering HIV rapid testing.

 

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QLD

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WHERE TO GET AN HIV RAPID TEST IN QUEENSLAND

Barrier Reef Medical Centre
356 McLeod Street
Cairns 4870
(07) 4051 6299

Better Access Medical - General Practice Clinic Queensland Injectors Health Network (QuIHN)
1 Hamilton Place
Bowen Hills 4006

Brisbane Harm Reduction Centre
Biala Community Health Centre
Ground Floor, 270 Roma Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
1800 177 833
07 3837 5600
Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
Appointments and walk-in

Cairns Base Hospital Emergency Department
165-171 Esplanade
Cairns North 4870
(07) 4226 0000

Cairns Doctors
2/192 Mulgrave Road
Cairns 4870
(07) 4041 7099

Cairns Sexual Health Service
381 Sheridan Street
Cairns 4870
(07) 4226 4769
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/cairns_hinterland/html/shealth.asp

Clinic 30 - Queensland AIDS Council
30 Helen Street
Teneriffe Qld 4005
Phone: 07 3017 1777
GP Clinic: Mon 10am-4pm & Thurs 11am-7pm
Psychology Service: Mon-Wed
Gender Clinic: Wed 1-4pm
Book online: www.clinic30.org.au  

Clinic 87 - Sunshine Coast Wide Bay Sexual Health & HIV Service
Level 1 80-82 Blackall Terrace
Nambour 4560
(07) 5470 5244
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/sunshinecoast/html/services/sexualhealth-home.asp

Gladstone Road Medical Centre
38 Gladstone Road
Highgate Hill 4101
(07) 3844 9599

Gold Coast Sexual Health
16-30 High Street
Southport QLD 4215
(07) 5687 9200
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/goldcoasthealth/html/services/sex-health.asp

Holdsworth House Medical Brisbane
116 Robertson Street
Fortitude Valley 4006

Mackay Sexual Health and Sexual Assault Service
12-14 Nelson Street
Mackay 4740
(07) 4968 3919
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/mackay/asp/sexual-health.asp

Metro North Sexual Health and HIV Service - Redcliffe
181 Anzac Avenue
Kippa-Ring 4021
(07) 3897 6300
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/metronorth/refer/sex-health.asp

Metro North Sexual Health and HIV Service - Brisbane
Biala 1st Floor,270 Roma Street
Brisbane 4000
(07) 3837 5611
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/metronorth/refer/sex-health.asp

Metro North Sexual Health and HIV Service - Caboolture
McKean Street
Caboolture
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/metronorth/refer/sex-health.asp

Mt Isa Emergency Department
30 Camooweal Street
Mount Isa, QLD 4825
(07) 4744 4444

Mt Isa Sexual Health Services
Doreen Street Clinic
Mt Isa 4825
(07) 4744 4805
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/mt_isa/sexual-health.asp

Oxford Street Medical Centre
Level 1/200 Oxford Street
Bulimba 4171
(07) 3902 0099

Princess Alexandra Sexual Health - Logan Central
Logan Central Community Health Centre
97-103 Corner Wembley and Ewing Roads
Logan Central 4114
(07) 3290 8900
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/pash/

Princess Alexandra Sexual Health - Meadowbrook
Logan Hospital
Corner Loganlea and Armstrong Roads
Meadowbrook 4131
(07) 3176 5881
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/pash/

Princess Alexandra Sexual Health - Woolloongabba
Princess Alexandra Hospital
199 Ipswich Road
Woolloongabba 4102
(07) 3176 5881
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/pash/

Princess Alexandra Sexual Health - Wynnum
Wynnum Family Health Centre
128 Whites Road
Wynnum 4178
(07) 3893 8000
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/pash/

Q Clinic - Wide Bay Sexual Health
312 Bourbong Street
Bundaberg 4670
(07) 4150 2754
http://http://www.health.qld.gov.au/widebay/sexual-health-contacts.asp

RAPID @ BODYLINE (South Brisbane)
45 Peel Street
South Brisbane
www.rapid.org.au
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Opening hours: PID outreach service at Bodyline Spa and Sauna every Wednesday from 2-7pm

RAPID (Brisbane) @ the Valley

2 Winn Street (in between Ann and McLachlan Streets)
Fortitude Valley 
(07) 3013 5566
www.rapid.org.au
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Opening Hours: Walk ins (no appointment needed) Tuesday to Friday 3-8pm and Saturdays 12-5pm (Closed Public Holidays)

RAPID @ Gold Coast
Shop 12, 89-99 West Burleigh Road
Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Thursday and Friday 2pm-7pm
Phone: (07) 3013 5566

RAPID @ WET
22 Jeays Street 
Bowen Hills
www.rapid.org.au
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Opening Hours: RAPID outreach service at Wet Spa and Sauna every Tuesday from 2–7pm

Rockhampton Sexual Health and HIV Service
92 Bolsover Street
Rockhampton 4700
(07) 4932 5440
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/sexhealth/help/rockhampton.asp

S.H.op101 - Ipswich Sexual Health Service
21 Bell Street
Ipswich 4305
(07) 3817 2428
http://www.westmoreton.health.qld.gov.au/about-us/services/sexual-health/

Stonewall Medical Centre
52 Newmarket Road
Windsor 4030
(07) 3857 1222

Testing Point @ Clinic 30
Queensland AIDS Council
30 Helen Street
Teneriffe 4005
(07) 3017 1777
Opening hours: Tuesday 6-8pm, walk-ins or appointments
Book online: www.clinic30.org.au

Toowoomba - Kobi House
Kobi House Pechey Street
Toowoomba 4350
(07) 4616 6446
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/darlingdowns/html/services-sexualhealth.asp

Townsville Sexual Health Service
35 Gregory Street
North Ward 4810
(07) 4778 9600
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/townsville/Services/sexual-health.asp

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