Rapid Antigen Test

A home use test for COVID-19 can be used conveniently and safely without the supervision of a Health Care Practitioner.

Advantages of a Home Nasal Swab Antigen Test

  • Does not require supervision of a Health Care Practitioner.
  • It can be used by people in the home, workplace or elsewhere by simple nasal swab sample.
  • It detects the protein (antigen) the COVID-19 virus generates which is consistent across all the different strains and variants, with evidence of detection for major COVID-19 strains including Omicron1
  • Can be used within the first 7 days of symptom onset with a result generated between 10-15 minutes.

1. For RightSign COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. https://www.tga.gov.au/post-market-review-antigen-and-rapid-antigen-tests

When to Use the Home Rapid Antigen Test

  • It is recommended for use within the first 7 days of symptom onset when the viral load is at its highest.

Interpreting Results

Positive Reading

Two lines appear in the main window. Line in Control Region (C) and any visible line in Test Region (T). A very faint line in the Test region (T) is also still considered to be a positive result.

If a positive result is obtained, visit a COVID-19 clinic for a PCR rest immediately to confirm the result.

Negative Result

One line appears in Control Region (C) and no apparent line in Test Region (T).

Invalid Result

No line in Control Region (C), with or without a line in the Test Region (T).

  • Results from any test which has not produced a Control band at the specified read time must be discarded.
  • Please review the procedure and repeat with a new test.
  • If the problem persists, discontinue using the kit immediately and contact your supplier.

Disposal of Used Tests

Used rapid antigen test cassettes, swabs, buffer tubes, plastic gloves and all other items in contact with bodily fluids should be double-bagged in plastic, leak-proof bags and disposed in the normal household rubbish disposal.

Frequently Asked Questions

The COVID-19 rapid antigen test is a single-use test kit intended to detect COVID-19 antigen in a nasal swab. Evidence of performance against major strains, including Omicron. Refer to the test package insert for full details.

Within the first 7 days of symptom onset.

If you receive a positive result, follow local Department of Health guidelines in your State or Territory.