They are quick and highly accurate, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- If you have symptoms or you are a contact, and you can’t access a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test.
- If you can’t access either test at the moment, isolate at home until you can.
Should I get a Rapid Antigen Test or a PCR test?
If you have symptoms or you are a contact, and you can’t access a rapid antigen test, you should get a PCR test. If you require a PCR test, please visit the Victorian Government’s Where To Get Tested website.
Asymptomatic people in the community who want to check if they have COVID-19 should not get a PCR test.
Next steps if you test positive
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the checklist for COVID cases to ensure you and those around you are safe and supported.
Reporting Rapid Antigen Test results
If you test positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test, you are a case.
You must report your positive rapid antigen test result as soon as you can.
You don’t need a PCR test if you have a positive rapid antigen test.
If you are still waiting on the result of a PCR test but you tested positive on a rapid antigen test, you are now a case and you must report your rapid antigen test.