HIV RNA PCR Testing
Better2Know offer a 10 day HIV RNA test that can detect the presence of the HIV virus just 10 days after exposure. The test is available on its own, or part of the Better2Know Early Detection Screen, which also detects Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
The Better2Know 10 day test uses a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing method, detects the genetic material of the HIV virus. The viral RNA (viral genetic material) is reliably detectable at 10 days post exposure and beyond, so the window period is shorter compared with other types of HIV testing which typically rquire up to 28 days to have passed before testing.
The 10 day HIV test is slightly less sensitive than the 28 day HIV Duo test so we do recommend that if you do take this test, you consider having a follow up HIV Duo test after waiting the 28 day period.
You can have the 10 day test individually or as part of our Early Detection Screen which tests for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The results of the 10 day HIV test and of the Early Detection Screen will be ready just 3 working days from when your sample is received in our laboratory.